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A plate with ugly sweater cookies
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Tips on how to decorate ugly sweater holiday cookies

Sharing tips on how to use a commercial cookie kit successfully for decorating ugly sweater holiday cookies.
Decorating1 hr
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: Chef Adriana Martin


  • Sugar Stir Needle or Cookie Scriber
  • Piping bags
  • Round piping tip for making dots
  • Cookie icing bottles
  • Cooling rack for baking
  • Mixing bowl
  • A whisk


  • 1 kit ugly sweater cookies including colored royal icing and the baked cookies
  • 2 cups white royal icing homemade or premade mix
  • 1 cup sprinkles holiday-themed motifs


  • Take the cookies out of the box and place them in a rack or a plate.
  • Using a cookie icing bottle or a piping bag with a round tip, outline the cookie with the white royal icing.
  • Flood the cookie and use either a needle/scriber or a toothpick for leveling the icing.
  • Immediately add the desired color, and with the scriber or a toothpick, draw a design. This has to be done before the royal icing dries.
  • Finish the cookie by adding sugar motifs to recreate the ugly sweater.
  • Allow the cookie to dry for a few minutes.


  • The ugly sweater holiday cookies require a good amount of white royal icing. When ordering your cookie kits, include a bag of royal icing mix and an assortment of holiday sprinkles.
  • The cookie kits include limited options in terms of sprinkles and sugar motifs. It is nice to have an assortment of those for making many different ugly sweater cookie designs.