Ugly sweater cookies have become quite popular over the past few years. What is the obsession? I even found a bunch of maternity “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” yesterday that were almost so ugly they were cute. My kids are even getting into the obsession and pointing them out to me all the time!
Last year I had a friend who gave me an sweater cookie cutter and knowing my kiddos knew “love” of ugly, I thought it would be perfect to use it for an Ugly Sweater Sugar Cookie making “party”. It was just with cousins, it went crazy quick but they had a lot of fun. I think this would be even more fun as an activity with adults (i.e. people who would take more than 1 minute to dump a pile of sprinkles on a cookie). I know I had a lot of fun making these ones above sans kids.
Christmas Sweater Cookies
What You Need:
- Favorite Sugar Cookie Dough (homemade or store bought)
- A variety of sprinkles shapes and size – I found some fun shapes at my local grocery store but there are a ton of fun ones HERE on Amazon (affiliate link 😉 )
- Favorite frosting (there is store bought cookie frosting if you are looking for a quick solution)
- Sweater shaped cookie cutter – there are a variety of options to choose from HERE Amazon (affiliate link 😉 )
- Baking sheet
Step 1: Make or buy your favorite Sugar Cookie Dough. This is Courtney’s family favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe HERE.
Step 2: Roll out the dough and cut your cookies using your Ugly Sweater Shaped Cookie Cutter (see supplies for link on where you can get one).
Step 3: Bake your cookies. We could fit about 6 to a pan.
Step 4: Once the cookies have cooled, decorate and have fun!
They loved them!
Tips for a Successful Cookie Decorating Party:
As I mentioned, our sweater decorating party was fast chaos with the kiddos. I quickly learned a few tips that would make it more successful and would love to share my mistakes so it is easier for you next time!
Tip 1: Don’t give the kiddos the whole bottle of sprinkles
I didn’t trust my 3 year old at all with a bottle, but by the time I realized what the older kiddos would do with a bottle to themselves, they were almost done with a massive pile of sprinkles on each of their cookies (see above)! lol
Instead: Put a small pile on the side and allow them to sprinkle them onby hand. This prevents the bottle (or user) to accidentally pour out too much at once right on top of the cookie. It also allows them to spend a little more time being creative.
OR Even Better: Set it up like this. I didn’t figure out this set up until I was alone decorating. I created small piles on a plate and designed from that. It was so much fun to decorate on my own and get creative, so I’m sure other adults would enjoy this too!
Tip 2: Flip the plates over
When decorating the cookies, especially with children, we figured out it was easier for the kiddos to decorate on top of an upside down plate. This elevated the cookie and little hands were able to get close to the cookie without worrying about the edge of the plate getting in the way.
And Just For Fun…
A closer look at a few of the kiddos’ creations. What a mess!
Kristine@TheFoleyFam saysDecember 9, 2015 at 11:28 am
These are darling! We are hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party this year and these would be perfect! Thanks!
Michelle saysDecember 10, 2015 at 4:10 am
Thanks! And that sounds so fun! After the kiddos saw how I decorated mine, they will definitely slow down next time. They turned into sprinkle monsters with their cookies. I would love to see pics after your family party if you do them.