4 Sugar Cookie Upgrades

We’ve got easy, Pinterest-worthy tricks for sprucing up your basic sugar cookie recipe—no all-nighters required!

You already know how to make seriously tasty sugar cookies, but when it comes to decorating, you turn to your trusty red or green sprinkles and call it a day. That’s why we put together four easy, kid-friendly ways to juj up your favorite plain cookie dough. They’re guaranteed to impress school bake sale buyers, your cookie-swap pals or Santa himself.

Pro tip: A kitchen faucet with Delta’s Touch2O technology lets you start and stop the water with a flick of a wrist or forearm—ideal for when your hands are covered with raw dough.

Make Them Shine

MAKE THEM SHINE

Want your treats to sparkle as brightly as the holiday lights? Once cookies have cooled completely, use a small brush to paint them with a layer of lemon extract. Then use a similarly sized brush to apply edible silver or gold metallic dust.

GIVE THEM A HINT OF MINT

GIVE THEM A HINT OF MINT

Around the holidays, mint and chocolate are a classic combination everyone craves. For this upgrade you’ll need only red chocolate melting discs (such as Wilton’s Candy Melts and a bowl of crushed candy canes. Once cookies are cooled, melt discs in the microwave according to directions. Dip half the cookie into the melted red chocolate, then into the candy-cane pieces. Allow cookies to dry on wax paper for about 15 minutes.

BUILD A (MELTING!) SNOWMAN

BUILD A (MELTING!) SNOWMAN

Do you wanna build some snowmen? Start by partially melting marshmallows (for the heads) in the microwave for about 30 seconds; they should get puffy and soft but not too large. Frost round cookies with your favorite white icing, giving them a messy, drippy look. Gently place one marshmallow into the 12 o’clock position on each cookie. Finally, draw a face (on the marshmallow) and arms (on the cookie) using edible marker or piped icing.

SEAL THEM WITH A KISS

SEAL THEM WITH A KISS

Chocolate makes everything better—especially sugar cookies. First, place Hershey’s Kisses into the freezer at least eight hours before you plan to use them (this will help keep their shape). Bake cookies until cooked but not browned and remove from the oven. Place frozen candies (sans wrappers) into centers of cookies and cool on a wire rack. For a pop of color, fold colored sprinkles into the dough before baking and use red-and-white-striped Kisses.