1. Step 1: Make the dough in advance.
Mix it a day or two before and let it hang out in the fridge for 24-48 hours.
2. Make a couple different varieties of dough.
Label them so you know which is which.
4. Step 2: Buy a few excellent cookie cutters. Choose wisely.
9. Step 5: Make a big batch of royal icing.
13. In a best case scenario, you’ll also have tips.
Piping bag tips are named based on the size and shape of their opening. For cookie decorating, #2 and #3 are good ones to start with. Here’s an illustration of common cookie tip sizes from Sweetopia, which has a great guide to decorating cookies.
16. But you could also very easily just make a piping bag out of parchment paper.
37. Or something a little stronger.
38. Maybe hot chocolate is necessary.
39. (With marshmallows shaped like whatever cookie cutters you have around. Duh.)
There are actually 46 other amazing things you can do with cookie cutters.
44. Crudités and cheese and crackers are always welcome.
50. This is a pretty good excuse to buy ribbon.
52. And if all of this sounds a little too ambitious, you can always invite your friends over for these incredible treats.
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