Decorated Holly Cookies

Did you know that decorated holly cookies are probably my all-time favorite Christmas cookie to make?  Especially since I picked up Good Cook’s twelve piece holiday cutter set.  These well-made cutters are the perfect combination of traditional and whimsical and instantly put me in the mood to create.

Holly Cookies For ChristmasTo make these cookies you will need:

  • Red 20-second icing
  • Green outline and flood icing
  • White piping icing

Begin by using red 20-second icing to add the first berry.

Decorated Holly Cookies 1After a few minutes, add the second berry.  Waiting a bit between each application is a great way to create dimension with royal icing.

Decorated Holly Cookies 2Let the first two berries dry for a bit, then outline the leaf with a #2 tip and flood.  At this point, let the cookie dry.  This can take anywhere from four to twenty-four hours.

Decorated Holly Cookies 3When the base is dry, it’s time to add the final details.  Use a #2 tip to outline outside of the leaf.  Add a third berry, then add a line to the middle of the leaf.

Decorated Holly CookiesWhen the cookies are dry, they’re ready to enjoy.  What better way to celebrate the holidays than sharing cookies with friends.

Holly CookiesFor more pretty holly designs, check out the following posts:

Join The Discussion



  1. 1
    Lynda says:

    these are amazing!!

  2. 2
    Olivia Matlock says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!!! Love these and I just bought the same exact cutter set at Target yesterday!

  3. 3
    Marlee says:

    What is the difference between your regular royal icing and the 20 second icing?

  4. 4
    Cindy says:

    What shade of green did you use?

  5. 5

    Love these, they are a big POW! of Christmas! So fun and simple. They make me so un-stressed, and joyful! I might be making these, thank you!

  6. 6
    June janzen says:

    Love those cookies, but again I love all of your cookies!

  7. 7

    This is still my favorite style of holly cookies EVAH! So pretty.

  8. 8
    John Keathley says:

    Perfect timing! Just last night I came across an antique holly cookie cutter I bought earlier this summer and now I have the perfectly beautiful way to decorate them. Thank you!
    P.S. I also have an antique English teddy bear cookie cutter. *hint* *hint*

  9. 9

    Wow, you make it look so easy and the cookies look fantastic. Makes me want to have a try.

  10. 10
    Indira says:

    Love your cookies, where can I get the cutter used to make this Holly leaf?

    Thank you.