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15 Decorating ideas to turn your cookies into something special

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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How to make the prettiest cookies ever

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How to make the prettiest cookies ever

From a flood of icing to a dusting of edible gold, these tips will take your holiday cookies to the next level.

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Flood with icing

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Flood with icing

Using the flooding technique makes this elaborate frosting design a cinch.

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Use frosting as glue

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Use frosting as glue

You can use frosting to decorate, but as glue, it allows you to make all sorts of 3-D stacked cookie creations.

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Add texture with sprinkles

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Add texture with sprinkles

Sprinkles can add realistic texture to your cookies, emulating everything from pine needles to snow.

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Make stained glass

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Make stained glass

Stained glass (aka melted crushed hard candy) is a super-easy way to make your cookies stand out

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Frost some sandwiches

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Frost some sandwiches

Even simple drop cookies look fancier when sandwiched with a dollop of frosting.

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Roll and slice

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Roll and slice

Roll icebox cookie dough in crushed nuts, sprinkles or coarse sugar before slicing for a pretty effect.

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Swirl it up

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Swirl it up

With this technique, the decoration is the cookie dough itself. Try it once, and you'll be hooked.

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Stamp the dough

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Stamp the dough

Use rubber stamps, the bottoms of fancy glasses and other materials to stamp designs into your dough.

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Go for the gold

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Go for the gold

Edible gold dust, glitter and even edible gold spray paint will make any cookie look glamorous.

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Paint with powdered sugar

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Paint with powdered sugar

Use a doily or piece of lace as a stencil with powdered sugar for a delicate design.

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Design with stencils

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Design with stencils

Use stencils to paint precise designs in royal icing on your cookies. Contrasting colors really pop.

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Glaze away

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Glaze away

Sometimes a drizzle of glaze is all a cookie needs to look fabulous.

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Cut your way to 3-D

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Cut your way to 3-D

Cut shapes out of fondant, candy or Fruit Roll-Ups to give your cookies a 3-D appearance.

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