Much like cake decorating, cookie decorating is a form of edible art. The canvas may be quite small, but the results are often breathtaking. You’ve likely seen examples of delicately piped cookies in bakery windows or as personalized favors at birthday parties or weddings. They’re a favorite choice amongst party hosts because they’re highly customizable and detailed; decorated cookies can be tailored to any occasion or holiday, with an endless palate of festive shapes colors. With so much potential for customization, cookie decorating is an art worth mastering. I worked as the head cookie decorator at a bakery for 3 years, and I’m here to help you learn the basics of cookie decorating, from the techniques to the vocabulary. Soon enough, you’ll be making cookies like a pro in your own home. Sugar cookies are a favorite medium for decorating because they’re solid and hold their shape well when baked. For decorated cookies, you’ll want to use a sugar cookie recipe that more resembles a shortbread than a soft, chewy cookie. The dough shouldn’t be so short that it crumbles and easily falls apart, but it should be solid enough to hold its shape. Our Easy Sugar Cookies recipe uses equa...