Easy Sugar Cookies for Christmas

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Easy sugar cookie Christmas designs can be absolutely gorgeous, even when you only use just two colors of icing. Learn how to mix and match cookie shapes and different icing colors to make a simple but stunning Christmas cookie platter for your friends and family.

A photo collage shows a variety of 2-color Christmas cookie designs.

Christmas and sugar cookies go hand in hand but if you're new to decorating cut-out cookies with royal icing, you'll definitely want to pick the right Christmas cookie designs so you don't get overwhelmed.

When I am decorating cookies with kids, I have a pretty strict "Just Two Colors" rule when it comes to our cookie designs.

That may sound limiting, but there are countless ways you can mix and match a different sugar cookie shape with certain colors of icing to have absolutely stunning cookie trays when you're done.

We work together to plan our cookie designs working with the just two colors plan.

Then we add a third or fourth color by adding sprinkles for accents.

To help inspire you to create your own easy Christmas cookies, I wanted to share some design ideas to get you started.

First, you'll want to bake a batch of this awesome cut out sugar cookie recipe.

Then prep a batch or two of this easy royal icing recipe.

You won't want to miss these helpful tips before you get started:

Easy Sugar Cookies for Christmas

Even though sugar cookies are fun to bake for holidays all year long, Christmas is definitely the most popular time!

If you want to plan a full cookie decorating day with your kids, you'll definitely want to follow the preparation timeline I outline here.

  1. Solid Red and Green Hearts
  2. White Circles with Colorful Christmas Sprinkles
  3. Green Trees with Ornament Candies
  4. White Snowflakes with Silver Sparkles
  5. Single-Color Ornament Shapes
  6. Yellow Stars with Sparkle Sprinkles

Christmas Sugar Cookie Designs for Beginners

The key to planning an easy Christmas cookie platter is to choose cookie shapes that are easy to decorate and plan for a simple iced design on top. (HINT: We absolutely adore these cookie cutters with simple shapes.)

Working with just two colors of icing and a variety of sprinkles to add more color and depth, you'll quickly have a gorgeous cookie tray to share for the holidays.

Looking for more fun Christmas treats to bake for your family? Here are some of my favorites:

The photo collage shows several easy Christmas cookie designs for beginner bakers.

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