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The holidays are here, y鈥檃ll! 鈥楾is the season for sugar, spice, everything nice and鈥 Christmas cookies! Planning on throwing a cookie decorating party? You鈥檝e come to the right place. We鈥檙e showing you the easiest way to decorate cookies EVER. Whip up a big batch of our buttercream frosting for your friends, set out holiday sprinkles and let the decorating begin! Oh, and maybe serve some mulled wine or spiked hot cocoa on the side ;)

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Ingredients:

  • cut-out cookie dough
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water
  • red + green food coloring
  • holiday sprinkles
  • holiday cookie cutters (tree, star, stocking, gingerbread man)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out your cookie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes using holiday cookie cutters. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cool.

2. In a stand mixer, combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and water. Beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Divide frosting into three bowls. Keep the first bowl of frosting white. Add green food coloring to the second bowl and mix. Add red food coloring to the third bowl and mix.

3. Frost the star cookies with white frosting and top with blue snowflake sprinkles. Frost the tree cookies with green frosting and top with red and green confetti sprinkles. Frost the stocking cookies with red frosting and top the cuff with crushed peppermint sprinkles. Frost the gingerbread man cookies with white frosting and top with crushed peppermint sprinkles. Enjoy!

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    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out your cookie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes using holiday cookie cutters.

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    Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cool.

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    In a stand mixer, combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and water. Beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. NOM.

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    Divide frosting into three bowls. Keep the first bowl of frosting white. Add green food coloring to the second bowl and mix. Add red food coloring to the third bowl and mix. Now you鈥檙e ready to roll!

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    Time to decorate cookies. We used a straight four-inch icing spatula to frost everything. We think it鈥檚 easiest to start with your frosting in the center of the cookie and then slowly work your way to the edge. Frost the star cookies with white frosting and top with blue snowflake sprinkles. Frost the tree cookies with green frosting and top with red and green confetti sprinkles.

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    Frost the stocking聽cookies with red聽frosting and top the cuff with crushed peppermint聽sprinkles. Frost the gingerbread man聽cookies with white聽frosting and top with crushed peppermint聽sprinkles. We also gave him three white snowflake sprinkles for buttons!

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    Holiday cookies! How easy was that?

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Time for a close-up!

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These would also make great hostess gifts for the holiday season.

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Yep, these are definitely Santa-worthy.

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What are your favorite Christmas cookie recipes? Let us know in the comments below!