Easy cookie decorating 6 quick ways to dress up your favorite recipes Easy ideas for decorating Christmas cookies Dust Sprinkle powdered sugar around a stencil (cut from card stock with a craft knife) onto gingersnaps to create a pretty pattern. Inspired by Lindley Bynum Foss and Susan J. Tweit, via Sunset's Facebook page Free stencil: Download our templates Pinterest Dip Give even store-bought biscotti a homemade touch with melted white chocolate. Inspired by Kelly Davis, via Facebook, and Pam Heisler, Grand Forks, ND Emboss Add texture to sugar cookies using cooking tools (clockwise from top): cannelé mold, diamond-shape cookie cutter, 5-hole zester. Inspired by Maria Bruhns, via Facebook Mark Show the cookie flavor, here a walnut Mexican wedding cake, with a nut pressed into the dough before baking. Inspired by Henry Mendoza, Marina del Rey, CA, and Tyffani Peters, via Facebook Drizzle Brighten cheesecake bars with seedless raspberry jam piped through a pastry bag. Inspired by Rumin Jehangir, via Facebook Glaze & pipe Make decorating these cookies a group activity. Prepare your favorite shortbread recipe up to two days ahead (store in an airtight container). Or take a shortcut: Start with store-bought butter cookies. Inspired by Andrea Ramirez, via Facebook Step 1: Glaze Prepare the glaze (whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 21/2 tsp. milk), and dip the cookies face down in it. Let them dry. Shortcut: Skip the glaze for a more natural look. Step 2: Pipe Using a plain, super-fine pastry tip, pipe on ribbons of your favorite homemade royal icing. Shortcut: Use ready-made icing in a small (0.68) tube, sold at most grocery stores.