How To Make The Perfect Holiday Cookies

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Looking for an easy and fun way to get on Santa’s nice list this year? Make him his very own cookie markers with this Alphabet Cookie Cutter Set that spell out his name so he knows you made 'em just for him!

Hi all, I’m Lindsey: an amateur baker turned professional cookie decorator and big Packed Party fan. I share lots of tips, tricks, and recipes for creating beautiful decorated cookies on my blog, There, you will find everything you need to create your own fun and festive Christmas cookies, and much more!

As a cookie decorator, I’m always on the hunt for some new and unique cookie cutters so you can imagine how excited I was when I found this Alphabet Cookie Cutter Set from Packed Party. These are so much fun because there are so many different ways to use them! You could cut out individual letters and adhere them to drink stirrer sticks and use them as drink markers for your holiday party or you could use them to cut out fondant (something easily found at your local craft store) and put your favorite Christmas phrase or song lyric on a cake or cupcake too!

But my favorite way to use these though is to make a cookie marker set that spells out Santa so he knows how to claim his precious cookies.

What You Need

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To make this Santa cookie marker set you'll need:


It’s important to use a no spread cookie dough because these letters are so small. If you use a store-bought dough, not only will it be difficult to roll and cut out the dough because it is so soft, but the cookies will completely lose their shape when baked.

Royal icing is another important ingredient that may be easier to make at home. Royal icing is a type of icing that hardens completely, making it the best icing to use to adhere the toothpicks to the cookies.

I have a recipe for both an easy no-spread sugar cookie dough and royal icing on my blog.


How to Make Them

First make your cookie dough. Lay a piece of parchment or wax paper (wax sides down) on your counter top and sprinkle with flour. Also flour your rolling pin to assure that your dough doesn’t stick to it.

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Roll out the dough to approximately ¼” thick. Then slide the cookie dough-topped parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Once the dough has chilled and is relatively firm to the touch, you can cut out your letters. If your dough sticks inside the cookie cutter, use a thin object like a toothpick, back of a spoon, etc. to push the dough out.

Bake the cookies per the recipe instructions, although they may bake a lot quicker because they are so small. Keep an eye on them after about 7-8 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.

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While you wait for your cookies to cool, you can spoon your icing into the piping bag or zip-top bag and press the icing down into the corner. Cut a small hole in the bag

Let me repeat myself: CUT A SMALL HOLE!!

I stress this because you can always cut your hole bigger, but you can’t make it smaller. Test the stream of icing on a paper towel. Ideally, it would be the thickness of your toothpick.

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To decorate the cookies, first outline the letter as close to the edge as you are comfortable with the red icing, then fill in any gaps with more icing. Use an extra toothpick to spread the icing around to completely cover the letter.

Repeat this step on all the letters, then allow the icing to dry for about 30 minutes.

Once the red icing has dried dry, you can move on to adding the sugar details.

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Pipe a thick line of white icing along the bottom of each letter. Then gently press the letter into the sugar or sprinkles.

Again, allow the icing to dry for at least 30 minutes.

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When the white icing has dried, it’s time to attach the cookies to the toothpicks. Turn all the letters over so that the undecorated side is facing up. Pipe a line of icing (either color will work) along the back of the letter. Press the top end of a toothpick into the icing. Set the other end of the toothpick on a rolled-up paper towel. Let dry for an hour to make sure it’s completely set.

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Finally, stick your cookie markers into the cookies you’ve made just for Santa! Voila, you're sure to be on his nice list this year!

I hope you all enjoyed this fun tutorial! For more cookie decorating tutorials and delicious recipes, head over to or follow me on Instagram @lindsey.ruel