Brit + Co 'Grammable Holiday Cookie Guide

As long as Rudolph’s nose is red and wintry wonderlands are white, the holidays and cookies will go hand in hand (or, preferably, in both hands). We teamed up with cookie artist Vickie Liu to help you create some of the prettiest cookies on the block! Get ready for some serious inspiration, whether you're a total cookie newbie or a next-level baker.

Millennial Pink
Reindeer Cookies
Holiday Llama
Gingerbread Sweaters
Palm Springs Gingerbread
Chocolate Trees
Penguin Sandwiches
Hot Cocoa Cups
Disney Cookies
More Cookie Inspo
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Millennial Pink Ornament Cookies

Sweet, simple, and of-the-moment

Just because you're new to the baking game, doesn't mean you can't wow in the cookie swap. Cut out these simple ornament shapes, and replace those standard reds and greens with of-the-moment millennial pink icing and decoration.

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • cookie cutters: ornaments
  • pink and white hard candy or candy canes (crushed)
  • white compound chocolate or candy melts
  • pink oil-based food coloring
  • pink or white ribbons/string

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough, roll out, and cut using ornament cutters. Cut a hole in the top of the ornament with a straw before baking to put the ribbon through. Chill then bake according to instructions. Cool cookies for 30 minutes minimum.

2. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Divide into three bowls. Set aside one bowl. In a second bowl, add 1-2 drops of pink dye and stir to form a light shade of pink. In another bowl, add 3-5 drops of dye and stir for a darker shade of pink.

3. Dip cookies into various shades of melted chocolate. You can dip multiple layers to create an ombre effect. Sprinkle with crushed candy. Leave to dry completely.

4. Attach ribbons/string to cookies.

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Reindeer Jolly Rancher Cookies

Brighten up your cookie tray with these little Rudolphs.

Ready to step it up a bit? Grab a standard gingerbread-man cutter, and invert these guys to create reindeer — voila! Rudolph’s red nose gets a sleek upgrade thanks to melted candies.

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • cookie cutters: gingerbread-man cutter and small circle tip 
  • hard red candy like Jolly Ranchers (crushed)
  • royal icing (dyed with light brown, dark brown, and black gel food coloring, and fitted in piping bags with small round tips)

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough, roll out, and cut using gingerbread-man cutter. Cut round hole in head of the cut-out men to make space for the red nose. Transfer to baking sheets, and chill in freezer for 15 minutes. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.

2. Remove from oven and fill nose holes with crushed hard candy. Bake for an extra few minutes (until candy has melted). Cool cookies for 30 minutes minimum.

3. Pipe on details with royal frosting. Outline the reindeer’s face with light brown royal icing. Fill in, then use a toothpick to swirl the icing to fill in any gaps. This also helps it dry in an even layer. Allow to dry completely. Use dark brown to pipe on the antlers and ear detailing and black to dot on the eyes. Leave to dry completely.

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Holiday Llama Sugar Cookies

Fa-la-la-la llamas

Now things get a bit more challenging and a lot more adorable. Decked out in scarves, hats, and holiday decor, these almost too-cute-to-eat cookies will have you singing fa-la-la-la-llama.

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • cookie cutters: llama, mini triangle
  • royal icing (white and dyed with light pink, green, red, black, blue, and yellow gel food coloring, and fitted in piping bags with small round #24 Wilton tips)
  • Christmas-themed candies (Red Hots and holly)

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough, roll out, and cut using llama cutter. For some of the cookies, cut out hats with a small triangle cookie cutter to give your llamas a tiny holiday hat. Chill and bake according to instructions. Cool for 30 minutes minimum.

2. Outline the llama’s body with light pink royal icing. Fill in, then use a toothpick to swirl the icing to fill in any gaps. This also helps it dry on in an even layer. Dry for 30 minutes.

3. With the same technique, use the white icing to ice on the second layer (the face and feet of the lllama). Dry for 30 minutes.

4. Ice the third layers (green scarf, red Santa’s hat, black strings of the lights). Dry for 30 minutes.

5. Ice on final details (face with black icing, lights with different colors, white fluff of Santa’s hat, etc.). Add any candies.

6. Leave to dry completely.

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Snuggly and Pugly Gingerbread Sweaters

Warms you up on a cold day

Kick your sweater cookies up a notch by sketching out adorable furry fondant friends, and attach them to the front of your sweater creations.

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • sweater cookie cutter
  • fondant (red, green, and white, rolled and cut out into sweater shapes)
  • royal icing (dyed white, orange, brown, black, and red, and fitted into pastry bags with small round piping tip)

Instructions:

1. Pipe the royal icing transfers like the pug with Santa hat on parchment paper. Allow to set overnight.

2. Make gingerbread cookie dough, roll out, and cut out using sweater cookie cutters. Bake according to instructions. Cool for 30 minutes minimum.

3. Add fondant base layer. Pipe on sweater decoration. Dry for 1-2 hours. “Glue” on pre-made royal icing transfers with royal icing. Add any final touches and leave to dry completely.

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Palm Springs Gingerbread House

Spice up your cookie display

Sure, anyone can make the standard gingerbread house, but if you're looking for a real challenge, you'll love our Palm Springs variety. Mid-century design enthusiasts — and edible house aficionados — will salivate at this reimagined version of the classic gingerbread construction.

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • pre-baked sugar cookies (cacti, pool, plus crushed cookies for sand)
  • fondant (various colors)clear piping gelgel food coloring
  • royal icing (stiff consistency dyed in various colors and fitted in piping bags + bowl with flooding consistency)
  • compound white chocolate or white candy melt
  • soil-based green food coloring
  • pastel Jordan almonds
  • green sprinkles (for grass) — enough to fill base
  • white chocolate blocks (steps)
  • small chocolate pebbles (if possible) — can be replaced with crushed chocolate cookies for dirt
  • green taffy candy (palm tree leaves)
  • long rolled wafer biscuit (palm tree)
  • foam core base (15 inches x 18 inches)

Instructions:

1. Make gingerbread dough. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

2. Make cactus and pool decorations with sugar cookies, fondant, and piping gel dyed blue with gel food coloring.

3. Crush cookies for sand.

4. Preheat oven, and roll out dough. Cut out cookies according to templated shapes and bake. Cool cookies for 30 minutes minimum.

5. Construct gingerbread house onto board using royal icing as the mortar between the pieces. Decorate house with fondant/royal icing.

6. Finish with surrounding decorations (pool, fondant driveway, cookie palm trees, sprinkle grass). Leave to dry completely.

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Pastel Chocolate Tree Cookies

So simple and lovely

When it comes to giving your tree-shaped Christmas cookies some added personality, you won't want to rely on the typical red and green icing. Instead, give your trees a chocolatey base and some pastel shades on top.

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • Christmas tree cookie cutters
  • royal icing (white and dyed Tiffany blue and pastel pink, and fitted into piping bags with round piping tips)
  • pearl sprinkles
  • white sanding sugar

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough, cut out using tree cutters, chill, and bake according to instructions. Cool cookies for 30 minutes minimum.

2. Pipe a border of royal icing on each tree using pink and blue colored royal icing. Fill in, then use a toothpick to swirl the icing to fill in any gaps. This also helps it dry on in an even layer. Allow to dry completely.

3. Add white royal icing details and sprinkle on sanding sugar and position pearl sprinkles.

4. Leave to dry completely.

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Peppermint Penguin Sandwich Cookies

Almost too adorable to eat

If you've got an Oreo lover on your list of loved ones to treat, these adorable peppermint-filled penguins are perfect. Our DIY version pairs just as flawlessly with a glass of milk as the classic store-bought cookie.

Filling Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • red gel food coloring (optional)

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • royal icing (orange, black, red)
  • peppermint candy, red Skittles, mini marshmallows, mini red heart sprinkles
  • white and red fondant
  • water
  • cookie cutters: circle

Instructions:

1. Make dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Preheat oven and roll out dough. Cut out cookies, and freeze/chill for 15 minutes. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool cookies for 30 minutes minimum.

2. Make filling by beating butter until light and creamy. Slowly beat in 1 cup powdered sugar, followed by 1 tablespoon milk. Alternate until all is added. Beat in peppermint extract. Lastly, stir in red gel food coloring until swirls are formed (don’t beat in).

3. Add small dab of filling to cookies and sandwich them together.

4. Add white fondant belly to top of sandwich cookie.

5. Pipe on details of penguin’s face, bow tie, etc. Make hats out of peppermint candy with a mini marshmallow glued on top using royal icing.

6. Leave to dry completely.

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Hot Cocoa Cookie Cup Cookies

Cocoa and cookie in one

From hot chocolate to peppermint schnapps, the holiday season is filled with festive beverages. Add your favorite to these edible jiggers that have a chocolate coating to prevent them from getting too soggy before you can say, “Bottoms up!”

To decorate these cookies, you'll need:

  • cookie shot pan, preferably metal
  • compound chocolate (white or milk chocolate)
  • shortening or coconut oil (to thin the chocolate if necessary)
  • candy canes (for the handles)
  • sprinkles in Christmas colors
  • white and black royal icing fitted into piping bags with round piping tips
  • pretzels
  • red M&Ms
  • whipped cream, marshmallows, and cocoa dusting (for garnishing)

Instructions:

1. Make dough, roll it out, and cut it into shapes similar to a shot glass. Prep the cookie shot mold with non-stick cooking spray, and press dough into molds. Cut off any excess. Preheat oven. Chill dough in molds for 15 minutes. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cool completely for 30 minutes minimum before you unmold them from the shot glass mold.

2. Melt chocolate, and swirl chocolate coating on inside of cookie cup and leave to set. Thin out with shortening or coconut oil, if necessary.

3. Glue on candy cane handle with white chocolate. Dip cups in white or milk chocolate followed by a plate of sprinkles to create a sprinkle rim.

4. Extra decoration: Pipe on holiday designs with royal icing and white sanding sugar, or transform your cup into Rudolph faces using candy and royal icing “glue.”

5. Fill with desired drink and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and cocoa dusting.

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Disney Holiday Cookies

These are pure magic.

Every Disney fan at your cookie party is going to to go nuts for these beauties. We teamed up with Disney Freeform and cookie artist Aime Pope to craft six magically frosted goodies from across the Disney and Freeform holiday lineup. Check them out!

Disney Holiday Castle Cookie

Every Disneyland fan will love this cookie version of their favorite theme park's central landmark.

Mickey Clause Cookie

You really can't have a proper Disney cookie display without the Mouse himself. Watch our tutorial on how to create this classic version of Mickey Clause.

Buddy the Elf Cookie

We all know the main food groups are candy,candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. But did you know the fifth is holiday cookies? They are when they're Elf cookies!

Olaf the Snowman Cookie

Do you want to build a snowman...cookie? This Frozen buddy will definitely bring huge smiles to even the the smallest faces.

The Grinch Who Stole This Cookie

If your fam's favorite holiday character is actually more green than red and has a heart two sizes too small, this cookie is a perfect pick for your next gathering.

Jack Skellington Clause Cookie

If you're like us, you can watch The Nightmare Before Christmas pretty much from October through December on repeat (it's both a Halloween *and* Christmas movie!). So why not give this Pumpkin King Santa a central spot on your cookie swap tray.

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More Holiday Cookie Inspo

Winter themes for your cookie platter

You know you want even *more* ideas for amazing holiday cookies. Well, we've got 'em! We teamed up with cookie artist Aime Pope to create four more adorable winter-themed treats that are simple and stunning.

Jolly Ol' Santa Cookie

Nothing goes better with milk than this Santa cookie. Leaving this one out for Kris Kringle should definitely get you some extra goodies in your stocking.

Bright Little Snowflakes

Inject some technicolor into your cookie game with these gorgeous colorful snowflakes, laced with delicate white royal icing.

Chillin' with the Snowmen

Take a basic snowman cookie to the next level by adding earmuffs, mittens, scarves, and even sunglasses. These frosty friends are too cool and too cute to eat.

Smitten Mitten Cookies

Go easy on yourself with these simple-to-master mittens. Start with a basic white icing, and dress these up with whatever colors you love.

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