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Decorating your holiday cookies can be fun and easy! You can decorate holiday cutout cookie shapes using colored icing, an icing bag, and a few icing tips.


  • Let the cookies cool completely before frosting.

  • When loading icing in the icing bag, fold the ends outward to get icing closer to the tip.

  • Keep continuous pressure on the icing bag while decorating.

  • Twist the end of the icing bag to get excess air out and to keep icing from going everywhere when you start decorating.

  • Make sure the icing is cool or at room temperature to keep the right consistency for decorating.

  • Icing can get runny if you hold it in your hand for too long while decorating. Stick it in the refrigerator to cool it down again when you notice a change in consistency.

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Carole Bloom, CCP, is a baking instructor, spokesperson, and the author of six cookbooks. She has written for Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and Chocolatier and has appeared on The Today Show and ABC News.

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