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How to Decorate Cookies for a Child's Tea Party

After finger sandwiches and tea, delight the children and all their stuffed animal friends with these charming cookies.


  • Step 1: Roll dough Roll out the sugar cookie dough with the rolling pin. Use the cookie cutters to press into the dough and form individual cookies.
  • Step 2: Bake Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake the cookies as directed or until golden brown. Let the cookies cool completely.
  • Step 3: Divide icing Divide the icing into thirds and use a different tint of food coloring for each.
  • Step 4: Frost Frost the cookies with your choice of color, using the offset spatula or a butter knife, and allow the icing to dry completely.
  • TIP: Look at pictures of antique teacups and teapots for decorating ideas.
  • Step 5: Pipe Fill the pastry bag with a different color icing and use a fine tip to pipe a border around the cookies and add decorative details, such as flowers, rosettes, dots, or a checkerboard pattern. Make sure to encourage your child to hold their pinkie finger up when eating your sweet treats.
  • FACT: The tea ceremony performed in Japan is a traditional ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism in which green tea is prepared and served to a small group of guests in a tranquil setting.

You Will Need

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Royal icing
  • Food coloring
  • Equipment:
  • Rolling pin
  • Tea cup and teapot cookie cutters
  • Offset spatula
  • Pastry bag
  • Pastry tips
  • Photos of tea cups and teapots (optional)

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