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Easiest Cookie Decorating Ideas

Cookie Swap Party Ideas | Here's an easy recipe for sugar cookies and three simple ideas for decorating cookies that will make you look like a professional baker!

It’s that time of year again! The Cookie Swap Party invitations are rolling in. Usually, I panic about what I should bake and bring to these cookie parties but this year, I’ve figured out a very simple process for decorating cookies that make my cookies look super professional! Here’s how I faked baking expertise using an easy family sugar cookie recipe and some melting candy.

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I am not a baker.

First, allow me to be honest for a moment. I am not a baker. I don’t like the mess and I’m terrible at the precision required to get a good outcome when you bake.

Luckily, my wife has a family recipe for sugar cookies that is so easy even I get good results when I bake them!

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Aunt Judy’s Easy Sugar Cookies

  • prep time: 15 mins
  • cook time: 15 mins
  • total time: 30 mins

Servings: 24 cookies


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsp milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. cream shortening and sugar together.
  2. add vanilla and egg to mixture and beat until fluffy.
  3. add milk and stir.
  4. add dry ingredients and mix until blended.
  5. roll dough and cut into desired shapes.
  6. bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.

These cookies are delicious but they’re not incredibly sweet on their own. Since I’m a mess when it comes to decorating with frosting, I decided to try a new way to give them the sugar-y taste this year.

Easy Sugar Cookie Decorating

Using this method, I was able to decorate two dozen cookies in under 15 minutes!

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