Carrie’s Christmas Cookies

When it comes to Christmas traditions in the kitchen, they don’t have to be complicated or fussy. It’s more about spending time with family and friends while creating memories and making some tasty treats, and what’s better than making Christmas Cookies?


This Christmas cookie decorating idea is a tradition that my good friend, Denise, shared with me last weekend. She and her daughter, Carrie, came over to show me how they decorate sugar cookies every year with special paint. This simple and fun cookie decorating technique has become a family tradition that Denise’s mother started many years ago. This tradition is truly simple and sweet.

You’ll need a basic sugar cookie dough (we used the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and it worked just great, just don’t tell anyone and they’ll never know), egg yolks, food coloring, sugar sprinkles (optional), cookie cutters and small paint brushes.


Begin by preparing the paints. The paints are just an egg yolk and a few drops of food coloring. So easy. In a small bowl (one for each color) place one egg yolk and a few drops of food coloring of choice. Mix well. Repeat for each color. Set aside.


Next roll out the sugar cookie dough and begin cutting out shapes. Carrie was all ready to go.


Here we go!


Carrie was all business cuttin’ out cookies.

carriescookies4 All about the cookie cutting. She was a cookie cutting machine. Cookie cuttin’ Carrie.


Hey Carrie! All work and no play make for a dull cookie. Let’s chat.

So…Carrie…what d’ya think about those reindeer kissing on your shirt?


Don’t wanna talk about kissing and yucky stuff like that?

K…then what’s your favorite cookie cutter shape?


A stocking. Good choice. Wonder what you’ll get in your stocking?


Yeah, I see your wheels turning Carrie.

Now back to work!

Wow, Carrie. That’s a lot of cookies. You could work for the big man himself.


Now for the fun part. The painting.


Be sure to use a separate brush for each color or you may end up with a lot of brown cookies. I like brown. Brown is good. But if you’re wanting your angel to be majestic, I think yellow or red would be a better choice. But that’s just my opinion. If you want a brown angel, go for it. Let the Picasso inside flow. Want a blue Christmas tree? That’s fine too. Rebel.


You can also add sprinkles for a little sparkle. You like sparkle, don’t ya Carrie? I can just tell. You sparkly girl you.


Whoa! You rock Carrie. If anyone out there is needing a cookie-cutter-outer and a cookie decorator, I’ll hook ya up.


When finished painting all of your cookies, bake according to recipe directions.

Aren’t they cute. And tasty too!


And don’t forget easy. Easy peasy. Try it yourself. It’s good sweet fun.


So what traditions in the kitchen can you share with us this Christmas?


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    We used to make these when I was a kiddo! I need to bring back that tradition. We always got to pick out an ornament at the store every year. This year my hubs and I decorated our tree with all of our childhood ornaments, great memories!

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    cbp says

    What a fun post! Carrie has inspired me to paint Christmas cookies this year and think I’ll do that this afternoon with a couple of little girls who are coming over for the day. Good job Carrie… you’re famous!

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    Crystal says

    Great idea. I know my girls will love this one. Carrie looks so grown up now and just beautiful.

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    Susan says

    LOVE the painting idea – why didn’t I think of that myself? Gorgeus photos, too – glad to see one of us knows how to use her camera.

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    Denise says

    We had so much fun making cookies at your house! The pictures look fantastic and Carrie is thrilled!! The kids love making these every Christmas season just as my brother & sister and I did with our mom. :)

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    Deborah R. says

    I’ve never seen this idea before. I used to have yearly sessions of cookie making with nieces and nephews and it was very messy with all the icings and sprinkles. This looks so much easier. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jennifer says

    We used to make tiny poinsettia mints with my grandmother when we would visit her house at Chistmas. They were Grandmuz’s speciality. When my brother and Suzanne got married in December, the whole family chipped in to make hundreds of mints. It was a fun family memory. She would have loved it.

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    Amy L says

    Too cute! What sweet pictures. We always make sugar cookies, and I look forward to bringing out the paint. With my two boys, I am sure we will end up with a few brown ones. I will have to make Mary Helen her own batch of paint. You know how us girls can be. We like perfection, and boys like FUN.

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    Alli says

    Awww! I love these pics Amy! Yes, I’m Denise’s sister who used to make these cookies too! So special! Carrie….you did a great job! Ava Love just beamed and beamed when she saw you on here. 😉

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    Jenn D says

    I’ve been painting cookies with my girls since my oldest was a little over a year. We use evaporated milk instead of egg yolks though and I like it better because you can freeze the leftover “paint” until the next time you want to decorate some cookies.

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    What fun! I want to paint cookies too. I never had but I wish I would have whe my girl was just a bitty thing. Happy Holidays! I gave ya a Stumble too! :)

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    Love the cookies and the adorable photos.

    My Rugrats always make a gingerbread house each Christmas and we make a birthday cake for Jesus…

    I now want to add painting cookies!

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    KatieJ says

    absolutely precious pictures! We have so enjoyed the tradition of frosting cookies each year – my kids are a bit older, but it always brings us together each year! Your pictures are gorgeous!

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    Michelle (What's Cooking) says

    Those came out beautifully! This is such a great idea because it can really allow the kids to be creative and precise…It’s hard to make globs of frosting come out just how ya like it, most of the time! And of course, it isn’t too messy, which is fantastic afterwards…not that my dog complains about eating sprinkles…

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    These look like so much fun to get kids involved in! I may have to add these to the “must make” list this year.

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    These cookies are adorable. I also want to thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of little Carrie! I try to get my daughters in the kitchen as much as humanly possible to bond and learn. Thank you for sharing some great new techniques that I can do with them!

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    I love this idea! I can’t wait to try this with my kids, they’ll go ga ga over it- this combines two of their favorite things. :)

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    Wow! I have never done this before, I am sure my son will love this. They look so beautiful! Seems so much easier than trying to decorate with frosting…

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    Amy W says

    Wow! Those are adorable. I really like the idea of painting them instead of frosting them, it would decrease the sugar stats and the mess. A definite try for my house.

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    Heather says

    I LOVE this idea. My 3 year old daughter spends most of her time at the table coloring and painting. This will be something we can do together and not have to worry about messes, and who cares if she turns out Picasso cookies! :)

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    SMITH BITES says

    that child just kills me Amy – i just want to bring her home!! beautiful cookies!

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