By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Yes, it's already December. No, you have not entirely missed the cookie decorating train. Stop moping like these Melted Snowmen Cookies...

Melted Snowman Cookies | Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

...and soon you'll have a collection like this!

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by SHORECOOK

1. The eyes have it.

Recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by somtimz

2. Reindeer games are always fun.

Recipe: Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer Cookies | Photo by Ashley Schof

3. This squirrel knows what's up. He'd remind you that you can replicate this happy sandwich cookie with any shape of cookie cutter.

Recipe: Frosted Molasses Ginger Sandwich Cookies

Frosted Molasses Ginger Sandwich Cookies | Photo by JPMJ

4. As we've long known, it's the accessories that make the outfit.

Recipe: Old Fashioned Butter Cookies With Butter Frosting

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting | Photo by Doughgirl8

5. Yeah, I'm tired of everyone stealing my cookies, too. Monograms FTW!

Recipe: Delilah's Frosted Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Deliliah's Frosted Cut Out Sugar Cookies | Photo by Lolalita

6. Or, you could always move out into your own place...

Recipe: Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

Classic Gingerbread Cutouts | Photo by Celia

7. But then you'd miss your family...even the dog!

Recipe: Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by angela

8. Then again, you could finally get that pet hedgehog you always wanted...

Recipe: Hedgehog Cookies

Hedgehog Cookies | Photo by foodelicious

9. And if you do, he needs a happy home (obvs!).

Recipe: Meringue Mushrooms

Meringue Mushrooms | Photo by abapplez

10. OK, OK, time to focus. Graphic designers LOVE to talk about the value of white space. Apparently, it's a good look for cookies, too.

Shortbread Cookies | Photo by Grumpy's Honeybunch

11. The details are what make a cookie extra special, like the tiny gingerbread men on this tree. And what would you place inside this edible snow globe?

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by Rachel

12. Love the tangled Christmas lights in the reindeer antlers.

Gingerbread Men | Photo by footballgrl16

13. And to imagine how excited the tool fan in the family must have been to get these.

Sugar Cookie Glaze | Photo by footballgrl16

14. Don't be afraid to bust out ALL the cookie cutters from back in the day. Dinosaurs like Christmas, too! (Recipe: Sugar Cookie Icing).

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by MW

15. You'd be amazed how much fun you can have just with circles.

Recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by augustmoon

16. Fun with circles, continued.

Recipe: Glaze Icing

Glaze Icing | Photo by Kay Gooding

17. The layered look works for cookies, like these stacked snowflakes.

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by Marianne

18. You could even decorate a holiday sweater to match!

Fuzzy recipe: Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men | Photo by Lizzy Cat

19. This fellow seems upset that he's sans sweater! More likely, he's upset about his lost arm.

Recipe: Sugar Cookie Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by Tana

20. Or, envious of this man's mustache.

Recipe: Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Man | Photo by Maryam

21. Or maybe, like so many of us, he just misses Mom.

Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men | Photo by LilCheer

Now that you're full of ideas, bake up a batch of cookies to use as your blank canvases. You're going to need some frosting and icing, aren't you? Whip some up, then get started with basic cookie-decorating tips. Next, host a cookie decorating party and let your friends in on the fun.

Advertisement