What’s better than fresh cookies out of the oven? Cooled cookies covered in candy, frosting and colored sugar, that’s what! These after-baking decorations will impress anyone who tries them, and better yet, putting them together won’t take up your whole night. Using today’s regular slice-and-bake method works best for the after-baking decorations (frosting, red hots, stencils, gum drops) since it gives you even more surface area to work with.
Gum Drops Galore
With a subtle nod to the gum drop-decorated gingerbread man, this sugar cookie combines sugar, ease and fun all in one! Simply frost cooled sugar cookies and arrange gum drops in your favorite pattern. Next step: eat (if you don’t share, we won’t tell).
Cinnamon Candy Toppers
For those who crave cinnamon, we suggest frosting your sugar cookies and topping with Red Hots. Decorating cookies with frosting and candies is the perfect activity to enjoy with your kiddos, and also requires only two ingredients—it doesn’t get much easier than that!
We created our own stencils with inspiration from our vintage cookie decorating kit from 1964, but you can make your own stencils from any shape you’d like as long as you have some sturdy cardstock and scissors or an exacto knife. Once your cookie is frosted, gently place the stencil on top and sprinkle with your favorite sugar or sprinkles. Fun tip: Don’t feel limited to using just one color of sprinkling sugar. Blend green and red for a holiday tree or mix and match other colors for creative creations!