How To Ice Christmas Cookies

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A cookie is naked without good icing. You wouldn’t make a wedding cake an not frost it, would you?! Icing is an intricate part of Italian Christmas cookies and others, as well. It’s a simple but delicious way to elevate your cookies from bland to a hit. And you can flavor icing any which way.

Simple Icing


  • 1 tablespoon really hot water*
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon any extract(optional)

*You could use milk, coconut milk, or any flavor of juice instead of water. Keep in mind that the icing will take on the flavor of whatever liquid you choose.

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Sift the powdered sugar into the hot liquid. Beat it in with a fork, slowly adding the extract(if using).

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Holding your cookies by the sides, dip the top in and move it around briefly. Pull out the cookie and hold it upside down for a few seconds, letting excess icing drip. Flip it over and let the icing set.

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I used anise extract to frost my cookies, and it was like frosting on a cake icing on a cookie. You could add a little lemon or orange zest for a punch of flavor, too. The flavors are endless!

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9 Responses to How To Ice Christmas Cookies
  1. VeggieGirl
    December 7, 2010 | 10:20 am

    Mmm, classic Christmas treats πŸ™‚

  2. Amanda
    December 7, 2010 | 10:27 am

    This looks simple and delicious πŸ™‚

  3. Melissa @ TryingToHeal
    December 7, 2010 | 10:28 am

    Mmmm…nice, sweet and simple.

    PS. I miss your old blog πŸ™

  4. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 7, 2010 | 10:29 am

    I always have trouble with icing…probably because I’m wayyyyy too impatient πŸ™‚

  5. Nicole, RD
    December 7, 2010 | 10:57 am

    That icing looks sooo good! I love that it’s a little thinner and the cookies can be dipped. Soooo much easier that way. Anise is my favorite flavoring…it screams Christmas to me. πŸ™‚

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    December 7, 2010 | 12:01 pm

    when i was a kid…i kid you not, i used to come home from sports practice and sometimes take a bag of powdered sugar, a tbsp of milk, and a heavy dash of vanilla extract and make frosting. Just to eat with a spoon. My love of frosting, sugar, and vanilla started young πŸ™‚

    This post makes me happy!

  7. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    December 7, 2010 | 2:29 pm

    This is the glaze/icing I use for almost everything too! It is perfect because you can make it as thick or thin as you like! The cookies look delicious!

  8. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective
    December 8, 2010 | 12:28 am

    Great tips! we say neked where I come from! πŸ˜‰

  9. Clare@ Fitting It All In
    December 8, 2010 | 4:19 pm

    Never thought to dip the cookies! Thanks for the tip!