Icing cookies is a kids favorite: it just seems to have all the elements of creativity, messy, fun that children love. Plus they can taste a little as they go, and it’s not a competitive activity.

This recipe takes a few short cuts, so you can focus on the fun!
I recommend you purchase your cookies, make simple icing (not royal icing) and use squeezy bottles to decorate with. You can even buy pre-made icing if you want to.


Kit you will need

  • Mixing bowls
  • Spoons to measure
  • Forks to mix with
  • Plastic squeezy bottles to ice with
  • A plastic funnel to fill the bottles with
  • Trays to ice on
  • Greaseproof paper or parchment

The one thing you may need to buy online is the squeezy bottles: here’s the link to Amazon in the US or here for UK.


First get cookies: the best ones are sugar cookies, shaped cookies, digestive biscuits, or ginger cookies. Just make sure they are not crumbly, and have a flat surface.


  • Icing sugar
  • Flavoring – vanilla is good, a few teaspoons
  • Food coloring
  • Milk or water
  • Sprinkles, small sweets / candy
  • Chocolate to melt


Set up the cookies

Place them on the trays, with greaseproof paper. Plan how many kids will be involved so they have space to ice without have to move the cookies too much.
Next prepare 2 types of icing – one for creating the borders, one for the main color.

Mix the border icing

Use a bowl and add 1 cup of icing sugar, a teaspoon of flavoring and 2 tablespoons of milk (or water). Mix with a fork.
Make sure it is quite thick – if you lift a little icing with the fork, the shape should stay for a few seconds before dropping back.
You can color this border icing – just a few drops at a time.

Fill one of your plastic bottles with the border icing, using the funnel. This can take a few minutes as the icing is quite sticky.

Mix the filling icing

Use the same recipe as above, but use more milk / water, until this icing become more moist. It should drizzle and move much easier. Add coloring.
Prepare as many batches of filling icing as needed to decorate your cookies.

Ice the border

Start by using the border icing to draw borders on each cookie. You can draw shapes within the cookie too.
Let the border icing dry a little.

Finish with the filling icing and sprinkles

Now fill within the border icing with your filling icing. You can try more than one color for this. Be as creative as you like!
Decorate your sprinkles and leave to dry.
You can also try using melted chocolate.


Using the plastic bottles, your icing should keep in a fridge for several days.