Sugar cookies are perfect for holidays – they’re so easy to customize to any theme and just about everyone likes them. But if you’re making dozens and dozens of cookies, frosting each one can take a long time, especially if you want them to look great. Over the years I’ve discovered a simple way to frost lots of cookies really quickly – I think it’s the easiest way to frost sugar cookies. Plus it looks great, too.
The secret is to scoop your frosting into a ziplock bag, clip the corner, and then pipe the frosting onto each cookie. Since you don’t have to pick up each cookie, scoop up frosting, and spread it out with a knife, the piping process is a MUCH quicker way to get lots of cookies frosted.
Start by snipping just a small hole in the corner of your bag and try out a “practice” cookie. If your hole is too small, you won’t get good coverage on the cookie and it will take too long. If the hole is too big, you’ll go through loads of frosting. Once you have the hole cut to the right size, just squeeze out frosting in a back and forth motion, filling up the cookie. After a couple of cookies you’ll get in the groove and be able to start moving pretty quickly. Be sure to lay out all your cookies on cookie sheets before you start to make things even quicker.
I use a sandwich size ziplock bag and only put as much frosting in at a time as I can comfortably hold in one hand. Be sure to twist the bag or zip it closed to make sure you don’t end up with frosting squeezing out the top. When you run out of frosting, just pull the bag open and spoon more frosting in.
I think it’s a good idea to always make extra frosting – everyone loves lots of frosting and it’s no fun to run out 3/4 of the way through your cookies. Depending on how big of a hole you cut in your “piping” bag, you may use a little more frosting with this technique, so just start with a batch and a half to be safe.
For perfect sugar cookies, try my soft sugar cookies and cream cheese frosting recipe – it’s a winner, and you don’t have to refrigerate the dough before cooking.