With the right technique, decorating cookies with colored glazes in different patterns is an easy way to create festive, professional­ looking results.

3 Ways to Glaze

Spread: For a simple, smooth coat, drizzle a little glaze in the center of the cookie and then spread it out in an even layer using the back of a spoon or a small offset spatula.
Paint: Use a small paintbrush to apply different colored glazes to a cookie without overlapping or to fill in an outline.
Pipe: To apply more intricate detail work, such as dots or lines, pipe the glaze directly onto the cookie. Fill a homemade parchment piping bag or a small pastry bag fitted with a small 1/16-inch round tip with glaze.

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Gussying Up Glazed Cookies

Dragging: By applying dots of a contrasting colored glaze on top of another glaze and dragging a toothpick or thin skewer carefully through the center, you can create a variety of patterns and designs.
Embellishing: Place decorations in the glaze while it is still soft; once the glaze dries, it will act like glue. In addition to the usual decorating options, consider cinnamon candies, jelly beans, crushed peppermint candies, gum drops, and chocolate morsels.
Sugaring: Once a glaze has been applied to a cookie, sprinkle it with colored sugar. For the most even distribution, hold your hand about 12 inches above the work surface. Excess sugar can be brushed or gently shaken off when the glaze is dry.

Decorators' Tips

Glitter Sticking Points: Unglazed cookies require a little surface preparation to ensure that embellishments will stick. We recommend lightly misting or brushing the surface of the dough with water before applying decorations.
Tackle Box for Trimmings: Decorating cookies usually means juggling a collection of tiny trimmings. To keep the items close at hand and neatly organized, we corral each one in the individual cups of a muffin tin.

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Color Your Sugar: Colored sugar is easy to make at home and offers many more color options than the grocery store does.
1. Place 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in bowl. Add about 5 drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.
2. To ensure even color, push sugar through fine-mesh strainer. Spread sugar in pie plate and let it dry completely.

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