It wouldn’t the holidays without gingerbread men, snowflakes, Christmas trees, stars and other festive cookie shapes that are begging to be adorned with pearlescent candy, colorful sprinkles and intricately piped details. Choose from one of our most beloved holiday cutout cookie recipes below, then learn how to decorate holiday cookies, straight from the pros.
For many of us, it wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread cookies. This year, bake a made-by-hand version so stunning that your friends and family will swear your sweets were shipped straight from Santa’s workshop.
Chocolate Star Cookies
One spirited way to decorating holiday cookies involves no piping or flooding techniques whatsoever. Simply cut the dough for these chocolate cookies into stars, and sprinkle them with coarse sanding sugar for a wintry effect.
Vegan Gingerbread Folk
These miniature (and politically correct) “gingerbread folk” are made without any butter, eggs or dairy, so even your vegan friends can enjoy them.
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Chuck’s Molasses Cookies
Our founder, Chuck Williams, loved making these spicy molasses cookies around the holidays. Although they’re delicious on their own, you can also cut the dough into festive shapes, and decorate them artfully with royal icing, sugars and dragées.
Head to our Holiday Cookie Headquarters to check out even more seasonal baking ideas.