Easy Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

I had THE MOST FUN making these cookies. There's a lot less pressure to make cookies that are supposed to look ugly.

how to make ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies
These are easy-peasy, can't-mess-them-up, no-wrong-way-to-make-them, uses-a-shortcut Ugly Christmas Sweater cookies.
(Wow. That was a lot of hyphens.)

how to make ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies
First, you'll need some pre-made icing decor. Find these at Target, WalMart, Michaels, etc. etc. There are so many to choose from!

Make up your favorite cut-out cookies. I used the vanilla almond cut-outs that I make for almost everything.



You'll also need royal icing. Make, divide, and tint.

Oh, don't forget the sprinkles. Non-pareils, gingerbread men, sugar pearls...whatever you have on hand.

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies : tutorial from bakeat350.blogspot.com
Make the cookies, outline, and flood with thinned icing. To make thinned icing, add water a bit at a time, stirring gently with a silicone spatula. Thin until a ribbon of icing dropped back on itself disappears in a count of "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two." A little thicker is fine, but don't go thinner.

I like to pour this icing into squeeze bottles. Use a toothpick to guide to edges and pop large air bubbles.

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies : tutorial from bakeat350.blogspot.com
Drop on color on top of another to make the dots and lines.

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies
These heart sleeves were made by dropping dots of icing, then running a toothpick down the center.

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies : bakeat350.blogspot.com
These reindeer were the simplest to make, but I think they're my favorite.

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies : tutorial from bakeat350.blogspot.com
I'm kind of crazy about these gingerbread elbow patches.
PS: I would totally wear a sweater with gingerbread elbow patches. Is that so wrong?

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies
This one just has some stripes and added sugar pearls.

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies
Add trim by using piping consistency icing and a small star tip.

A note on adding large pre-made icing doodads...let the icing rest a bit before placing the add-on. Sometimes a large air bubble can get trapped underneath if you place it on wet icing immediately.

ugly Christmas sweater decorated cookies : tutorial from bakeat350.blogspot.com
Ugly Christmas sweater cookies, you look pretty cute to me!


9 comments

  1. Sigh - you make it look so easy!! Absolutely amazing! One of these days I'm going to have to get you to come and work with my students....

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  2. You failed, BIG TIME! The cookies are so cute -- a far cry from ugly :-) I love them - I'd wear a sweater that looks like any of your cookies. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Bridget...how darn cute!You are such an excellent baker and so creative.
    one of a kind.

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  4. These are soooo cute, I love them, Bridget!! I'm serious, I hope we get to decorate cookies together next year!!!

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  5. I was having trouble deciding what this year's holiday cookies would look like, and your post provided the perfect idea! Thank you for all the inspiration you've given me over the years.

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  6. These are absurdly fabulous! I have a perverse love of Christmas sweaters and your cookies are always amazing. It inspires me to practice more :)

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  7. I don't think they're ugly at all, they are adorable!!

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