45+ Easy Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas to Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright

These recipes will earn you a spot on the nice list.

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Christmas cookie decorating ideas are a dime a dozen, right? Right. But it's always a risk that you'll turn up to your Christmas party with the same design as someone else. That's where we come in. We've rounded up the best ideas for Christmas cookies, whether they're in the form of a Christmas tree, an ugly sweater, or just a plain Christmas sugar cookie decorated with red and green icing. And we know your kids will want in on the action, which is why we've included kids Christmas cookie decorating party ideas as well as techniques that are on the easier side so little ones won't get stressed (or make your kitchen too messy). So when you're beginning to map out all of your holiday parties and Christmas dinners, don't get overwhelmed by heading to Pinterest and trying to figure out all the different Christmas desserts you have to make. Check out all the best Christmas cookie recipes right here that will put a unique spin on your holidays.

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

These edible string lights are tied together with an extra-long piece of licorice.

Get the recipe.

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Dessert for Two
Christmas Lights Cookies

Mimic the twinkling lights hanging from your tree with a batch of these colorful Christmas cookies.

Get the recipe at Dessert for Two.

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Cooking with Karli
M&M Christmas Cookies

Because sometimes all you need in sugar cookies is a huge helping of M&Ms.

Get the recipe at Cooking with Karli.

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Delish
Creme Brûlée Sugar Cookies

You could spend hours of your holiday weekend making creme brûlée—or you could save time and turn the dessert into cookies instead.

Get the recipe at Delish.

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Delish
Christmas Tree Cookie Cips

If your kids are itching to help in the kitchen, let them get their hands dirty filling these tree-themed cookie cups.

Get the recipe at Two Sisters Crafting.

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Delish
Sugar Cookie Trees

These sugar cookie trees are perfect for folks who like their dessert to be more frosting than cookie.

Get the recipe at Delish.

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Sugar Cookies

These ornament-shaped cookies look pretty enough to hang on your Christmas tree!

Get the tutorial.

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Sweetopia
Maple Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Don't worry if you're not an expert decorator—this blogger gives icing tips and tricks so your cookies can look just as cute as these.

Get the recipe at Sweetopia.

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Cooking Classy
Iced Sugar Cookies

No two snowflakes are exactly alike—decorate this royal-iced recipe with different designs.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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The Bearfoot Baker
Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe

Set out a variety of frostings and sprinkles and let your kids get creative with the decorating.

Get the recipe at The Bearfoot Baker.

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Half Baked Harvest
Slice and Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies

Skip the store-bought variety and whip up these homemade goodies instead.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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Hint of Vanilla
Snowflake Sugar Cookies

These delicately decorated snowflakes will wow everyone at your holiday cookie exchange.

Get the recipe at Hint of Vanilla.

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Creme de la Crumb
Eggnog Sugar Cookies

This recipe gets double the eggnog flavor in both the batter and the cream cheese frosting.

Get the recipe at Creme de la Crumb.

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Glorious Treats
Snowman Face Cookies

Frosty never looked so adorable—or delicious!

Get the recipe at Glorious Treats.

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Life, Love and Sugar
Cutout Sugar Cookies

These cookies can be ready in no time, as you don't have to refrigerate the dough first.

Get the recipe at Life, Love and Sugar.

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Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Perfect Sugar Cookies Recipe

This chewy dessert tastes scrumptious plain, or topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting.

Get the recipe at Crunchy Creamy Sweet.

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Follow the Ruels
Gingerbread Men Sugar Cookies

Not a fan of gingerbread flavor but can't resist the cuteness of gingerbread men? This recipe is the one for you!

Get the recipe at Follow the Ruels.

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Yummiest Food
White Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

Enlist your little ones to help dip and decorate these cookies.

Get the recipe at Yummiest Food.

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Sweetopia
Almond Hazelnut Sugar Cookies

Your family will go nuts for this buttery recipe.

Get the recipe at Sweetopia.

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Wholefully
Perfect Frosted Sugar Cookies

Transfer these cookies from the oven straight to a cooling rack so they don't over-bake.

Get the recipe at Wholefully.

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The Salty Marshmallow
Soft Batch Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

A super-simple recipe, a no-roll dough, and lots of sprinkles—what's not to love about this treat?

Get the recipe at The Salty Marshmallow.

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Just So Tasty
Soft Batch Frosted Sugar Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth creations call for sour cream, which lends an ultra-velvety texture.

Get the recipe at Just So Tasty.

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Baked by Rachel
Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Kids will go crazy for these colorful cookies.

Get the recipe at Baked by Rachel.

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Creme de la Crumb
Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

Whip up these sugared and spiced treats right after you're done making your annual gingerbread house.

Get the recipe at Creme de la Crumb.

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Fireflies and Mud Pies
Christmas Lights Cookies

"Bulbs" made of mini M&Ms make this recipe an automatic kid favorite.

Get the recipe at Fireflies and Mud Pies.

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Frances Janisch
Sugar Cookie Dough

Simplify your holiday baking this season: With just one dough recipe, you can create dozens of distinctive cookies. During the holidays, an edible gift is always appreciated—and never returned!

Get the recipe.

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Burcu Avsar
Shortcut Sugar Cookies

Use a glass with a decorative bottom to press patterns into ready-made sugar cookie dough.

Get the recipe.

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Cooking Classy
Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Cream cheese frosting and festive sprinkles make these red velvet cookies perfect for the holiday season.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Have a soft spot for store-bought cookies? You'll love being able to make them at home.

Get the recipe at Wholefully.

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Courtesy of If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Christmas Sugar Cookie Truffles

You only need four ingredients for these easy, no-bake truffles.

Get the recipe at If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen.

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