How To: Ice cookies

Ice cookies

Cookies might be delicious already without any additives, but icing is a must have. This video shows you how to ice your cookies to add to the deliciousness.

Add a finishing touch to cookies that will leave everyone begging for more.

Step 1: Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack

Allow freshly baked cookies to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

Step 2: Fill pastry bag with icing

Insert a number two or number four sized pastry tip into the pastry bag and fill it with icing.

TIP: Squeeze a pastry bag from the end of the bag, not the center, to keep the heat of your hands from melting the icing.

Step 3: Trace the edge of the cookie

Carefully trace a circle around the edge of the top of the cookie.

Step 4: Pipe vertical lines in the inside of the cookie top

Pipe vertical lines on the top of the cookie within the circle you've drawn.

Step 5: Smooth the top with a butter knife or spatula

Use a butter knife or small spatula to smooth the top of the cookie.

TIP: Let the first layer of icing dry before adding monograms or another layer of frosting.

Step 6: Add additional decorations

Add decorations, such as colored sugar, sprinkles, small candies, or chopped nuts. Wait for the icing to set, and then dig into your cute and tasty treats.

Did you know? In 2005, the U.S. Postal Service issued special holiday stamps featuring pictures of assorted cookies shaped like snowmen, elves, angels, and Santa Claus.

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