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Easy cookie decorating without baking

12 Easy Christmas cookies

Check out these great Christmas cookie decorating ideas for pre-made cookies! There are also decorating ideas for store-bought fudge and candies!

No bake Christmas cookies

 

Santa Crackers

 

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • Pillsbury canned vanilla frosting
  • Red and rose food coloring (we used paste)
  • Mini Red Hot candies (eyes)
  • Red gumdrop (nose)
  • Mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. We frosted the entire cookie with "pink" (use rose colorant) frosting.
  2. We snipped off the corner of a zipper lock bag and put a dab of "red" frosting on one corner of graham cracker, then using a small butter knife, spread the frosting to make the hat and while frosting was still moist, we added one mini marshmallow for tassel. We then added mini marshmallows for the beard, red-hot candies for the eyes and red gumdrop for the nose.
  3. If frosting dries out before you can add the accessories, just gently pat with a wet finger. Simple and easy craft for the kids!

Candies: We used regular chocolate and white chocolate covered candies we purchased from See's Candies.

Easy and cute decorations for bakery-bought cookies: We used only white frosting and assorted mini candies. You don't have to be an expert cookie decorator.

Outline the cookies, make dots, swirls, stripes, etc. While the frosting (we used Betty Crocker canned frosting) dried, we pushed in mini candies so the frosting acted like "glue."

 

Lickety-Split Spoons from Betty Crocker

Using plastic throw-away spoons, these were so much fun to make and eat!

Ingredients:

  • Plastic spoons, assorted colors
  • Betty Crocker canned frosting
  • Milk
  • Candy confetti Sprinkles
  • Clear plastic bags
  • Ribbon

Directions:

  1. We scooped the frosting out of the can and put it into a microwave-safe bowl. We microwaved it for 30 second intervals, adding a smidgen of milk, stirring and microwaving until the frosting was a thinner consistency.  We dipped one spoon into the thinned warm frosting and moved it around until the entire "bowl" of the spoon was covered. We quickly sprinkled or dipped the frosted spoon with candy confetti sprinkles.
  2. We then had butter knives laid out on waxed paper and placed each decorated spoon over the butter knife so the chocolate wouldn't get smooshed on the back side of the spoon. We let these dry overnight, then placed inside clear cellophane bags and tied with ribbon. Okay, okay.... we licked a few until all the frosting and candies were gone because they tasted so good!

 

Snowman 3-Dimensional Christmas Cookies

Using Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Vanilla Frosting and white fudge-covered chocolate sandwich cookies from the grocery store. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Vanilla Frosting (from a 16-ounce can)
  • 1 (14-ounce) pkg. white fudge-covered chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 Tablespoon mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 10 small gumdrops
  • 2 orange slice jelly candies, flattened slightly
  • Red writing/decorating gel

Directions:

  1. Place frosting in a small resealable food storage plastic bag. Cut tiny hole in bottom corner of the bag. On each sandwich cookie, use small amount of frosting to attach chocolate chips for the eyes.
  2. Cut each gumdrop in half; attach cut sides with frosting to sides of cookie to resemble earmuffs. Attach small wedge cut from slightly flattened orange jelly candy for the nose. Draw mouth with red writing/decorating gel. Let stand about 30 minutes or until the frosting is set. Makes 20 cookies.

 

Cereal Holly Wreaths

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Cheerios Cereal
  • 1 cup (6-1/1 oz.) green candy melts
  • 1 Tablespoon red cinnamon candies

Directions:

  1. We covered a cookie sheet with aluminum foil to hold the wreaths. Place cereal in a large bowl and pour melted candy melts over cereal. Wet your hands with cold water and shake off excess and toss to mix until well blended.
  2. For each wreath, drop about 3 Tablespoons of the mixture onto the aluminum foil wrapped cookie sheet and mold into about a 3-inch wreath, remembering to leave the center open. Immediately add red hot candies. We left our wreaths dry for a couple of hours, then six wreaths into small clear cellophane bags and tied with holiday curly ribbons.

 

Crispy Tree Treats

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 (10-oz.) pkg. regular sized marshmallows
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food color
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 16 small gumdrops, flattened
  • 1/2 cup small gummi candies

Directions:

  1. We covered a cookie sheet with waxed paper to hold the trees. We melted the butter and marshmallows in a large soup pot over very low heat, stirring constantly until it was a smooth satiny mixture. We removed the pot from the stove and stirring constantly, added a smidge of green food coloring (we used paste) until we got the color we wanted. The colored paste goes a long way, so use only a teensy bit at a time. We added the Rice Krispies cereal into the colored mixture. We rinsed our hands with cold water and shook off the excess, then mixed the cereal until it was well coated.
  2. We continued to use cold water on our hands as we formed the cereal mixture into cone shapes (resembling trees). We cut small star shapes from the flattened gumdrops using a small sharp paring knife. and add to the top of each tree. We then added the gummi candies in various places on the trees to resememble holiday decorations. Be sure to immediately add the gumdrops and gummi candies while the cereal mixture is still warm so the candies will stick.
  3. We couldn't work fast enough to form all the trees while the mixture was warm and soft, so we would put back on the stove for a brief moments, stirring constantly to warm up the mixture.

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