Simple Decorating Tips for Sugar Cookies

Photo by Larisha Campbell.
Photo by Larisha Campbell.

by larisha campbell

One of my favorite things about growing up was being able to bake and decorate cookies around the holidays. It was a big deal in my family. All of my cousins and I would get together one weekend at an aunt’s house and we got to decorate all day long.

It’s a special memory that stands out for me about my childhood; these weekend days with loved ones gathered and celebrating the holidays is something every child is sure to remember well into their adulthood.

Decorating does not have to be a Pinterest competition. I’m here to tell you that you can make beautifully decorated cookies with your charges with just a few simple steps that both you and the children you watch (and your employers!) will absolutely love. And you can do it during any weekday at work with the little ones and have the entire mess cleaned up before MomBoss gets home!


  • Sugar cookies (undecorated store-bought cookies are just fine!)
  • Cream cheese frosting (choose your favorite brand from the baking aisle at your grocery store)
  • Sprinkles or other decorative items
  • Berry sauce (recipe below)
  • Condiment bottles, (recycle an old ketchup bottle for the perfect fit; one per child)


  1. Pour berry sauce into condiment bottle.
  2. Using a spatula, spread cream cheese frosting onto cookies then decorate with either sprinkles or sauce (or both).

The condiment bottle allows for a great way to precisely write letters, designs, or anything else a child can imagine. The sweet berry taste makes the cookies have an amazingly divine taste!

There’s no right or wrong way to eat sugar cookies. Leave some plain, smear some with icing, and decorate the rest. Enjoy this time letting the kids do something special that they will remember for years to come!

To Make Berry Sauce

In a saucepan over medium heat, mix ¾ cup frozen berries, ¼ cup water, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Cook until berries are soft (5-10 minutes) and then purée the mixture. Store leftovers in the fridge.

Photo by Larisha Campbell.
Photo by Larisha Campbell.