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You don’t have to be a professional baker to take some inspiration from these holiday cookie decorations

Maya Wong  – December 16, 2019

We love beautiful cookies, and we bet you do too. (That’s why you’re reading this, right?) These holiday cookie designs we spotted on Instagram go beyond the traditional sugar cookie with precise icing, unexpected color palettes, and even some surprisingly simple designs. While a few of these decoration ideas are for more experienced bakers, others are easy and doable for beginners or people short on time. Either way, they’ll get you inspired for your next baking adventure.

Advent Calendar

If you have time on your hands over the holidays, consider making this truly impressive cookie advent calendar.

Cactus Snow Globe

Take inspiration from this year’s snow-covered Joshua Tree with these desert snow globes.

Snow-Frosted Christmas Tree

Be the star of this year’s cookie swap with tree cookies topped with thick green icing and detailed fluffs of snow.

Minimalist Wreath Design

Turn a regular cookie into a simple wreath design using green frosting and gold star sprinkles.

A Not-So-Ugly Sweater

Get creative with a sweater-shaped cutter and make your cookie as adorable or purposely tacky as you want.

Snow-Frosted Christmas Tree

Using matcha dough for tree-shaped cookies means less time spent decorating them and more time spent eating them.

Holiday Mickey Mouse Cookies

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Minnie & Mickey Holiday Cookies

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If you already have a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter in the house, add a Christmas touch with mistletoe frosting.

The Easiest Gingerbread Cookies Ever

A few details with white icing turn these plain gingerbread citizens into cookies with character.

Pastel Cookies

Try a pastel palette for an unexpected take on the usual batch of holiday cookies.

A Variety of Christmas Trees

Mix and match designs with anything from easy white swirls and fully-covered trees to star sprinkles and red sugar crystals.

Tie-Dye Cookies

Use this swirly glazed design on Christmas trees, snowflakes, mittens, or regular circle cookies.

Santa’s Milk and Cookies

Spend Christmas Eve making these simple treats, or just make the cookie-shaped ones if you don’t have a cutter in the shape of a milk jug.

Christmas Tree Lights

Choose your favorite colors for these Christmas tree light cookies or stick to off-white lights for a classic look.