DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

These Christmas cookie ornaments do double duty. They can be made as Christmas cookies and also used to decorate your tree with a few extra steps.

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments


  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup of butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • straw
  • 8″ pieces of 1/8 inch ribbon for hanging.

For the frosting:

  • 6 2/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • food coloring

Preheat the oven to  350º F. Cream the butter, shortening and sugar together until smooth.  Beat in the honey, egg and vanilla extract.  Mix the flour and salt together, and gradually add it to the butter mixture.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thick.  Cut with seasonal cookie cutters and transfer to un-greased baking sheets.

Use the straw to make a hole in the top of each cookie.  Bake for 6 minutes until lightly browned. Remove and place on racks to cool.

To make the frosting, combine the confectioners’ sugar. milk, corn syrup and vanilla extract.  Beat until smooth.  Place frosting in individual bowls and tint it red, yellow and green, and leave some white.

Decorate the cookies by frosting the top and then placing the frosting into plastic bags. Snip the corners and decorate.

To hang the cookies, thread an 8 inch piece of ribbon through the hole, tie a knot and hang.  Makes 40 ornaments or cookies.

Recipe adapted from an old issue of Crafting Traditions Magazine.  (no longer in print)

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