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How to Ice Cookies

Add a finishing touch to cookies that will leave everyone begging for more.


  • Step 1: Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack Allow freshly baked cookies to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
  • Step 2: Fill pastry bag with icing Insert a number two or number four sized pastry tip into the pastry bag and fill it with icing.
  • TIP: Squeeze a pastry bag from the end of the bag, not the center, to keep the heat of your hands from melting the icing.
  • Step 3: Trace the edge of the cookie Carefully trace a circle around the edge of the top of the cookie.
  • Step 4: Pipe vertical lines in the inside of the cookie top Pipe vertical lines on the top of the cookie within the circle you've drawn.
  • Step 5: Smooth the top with a butter knife or spatula Use a butter knife or small spatula to smooth the top of the cookie.
  • TIP: Let the first layer of icing dry before adding monograms or another layer of frosting.
  • Step 6: Add additional decorations Add decorations, such as colored sugar, sprinkles, small candies, or chopped nuts. Wait for the icing to set, and then dig into your cute and tasty treats.
  • FACT: In 2005, the U.S. Postal Service issued special holiday stamps featuring pictures of assorted cookies shaped like snowmen, elves, angels, and Santa Claus.

You Will Need

  • Cookies
  • A wire rack
  • Icing
  • A pastry bag
  • A no. 2 or no. 4 pastry tip
  • A butter knife
  • A small spatula
  • Colored sugar
  • Sprinkles
  • Small candies
  • Chopped nuts

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