Super-cute decorated holiday cookies: How to make bite-size Christmas cookies in a jar. Great handmade gift idea for the holiday season!
Christmas cookies in a jar
I’m keeping things simple this year and going with my standard for Christmas gifts: bite-size Christmas cookies in jars. Mason jars are just so perfect for packaging. I made all of mine in advance and put them in the freezer. You can dress them up with tags, felt, ribbon, whatever, and even attach gift cards, as I’m doing with the teacher gifts. I added some printable tags and all done. For the Christmas cookies, I chose Santa, candy canes, snowflakes, snowmen, and snowballs.
how to decorate Christmas cookies
I just made my go-to sugar cookie recipe and royal icing. All the cookies are cut out on 1 1/2-inch circles except for the mini candy canes. I tinted the icing my colors with Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. I prepared decorating bags with couplers and size “2,” “3,” or “4” tips. Find bags, couplers and tips at the craft store, or click HERE for tips on finding cookie decorating supplies. For a quick tutorial in cookie decorating, click HERE. After decorating the cookies, let them dry well overnight.
To decorate a Santa cookie
I piped the white on the hat and outlined the mustache and beard with white icing using a size “2” tip. Let it set a bit, then piped to fill the white, red and peach with a “3” tip. I piped dots with a black “2” tip.
To decorate candy cane cookies
I used a mini candy cane cutter that came with a set and piped red and white dots with a “3” tip.
To decorate snowball cookies
I just piped and filled white circles with a size “3” or “4” tip and immediately coated with white sprinkles. For the snowflakes, I piped a turquoise background with a “4” tip, let it set a bit, then piped a white snowflake with a “2” tip. For tips on drawing snowflakes, click HERE.
To decorate snowman cookies
I piped and filled white circles with a “4” tip, let set a bit, then used a black “2” tip for the smiley face and an orange “3” tip for the carrot nose.