Tie Dye Is the Most Impressive (yet Easy) Way to Decorate Sugar Cookies—Here's How to Do It

Betty Gold
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RS@H: Tie Dye Sugar Cookies

How to make RS@H: Tie Dye Sugar Cookies

When it comes to baking, I tend to focus my efforts on making sure my desserts taste delicious over making them look immaculate. Don’t get me wrong: Presentation definitely matters, but I’d choose a cake with a ‘rustic-looking’ layer of homemade buttercream over one with super-smooth, fancy-but-sand-flavored fondant any day.

I (predictably) apply this philosophy to sugar cookies, too. Why spend hours piping out the most painstakingly perfect snow-dusted pine tree if it isn’t even edible? That’s why, when I first discovered this tie dye decorating trick, I was over the moon. Finally, a way to send my loved ones tins filled with deliciously sweet, buttery decorated cookies that look way more high maintenance than they were to make.

Tie dye is basically a hot mess by nature (makes these the perfect holiday cookie for 2020, no?), which means this decorating trick is near-impossible to screw up. Here’s how to execute the cutest tie dye sugar cookies for whatever holiday you’re celebrating this season.

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Start by mixing up the dough, then cut out the cookies in whatever shape tickles your fancy.

I swear by this basic sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are the ideal balance of sweet, buttery, and tender-crisp, and they hold their shape when they bake, which makes them the perfect palette for icing decorations. Just make sure to follow the instructions in step 4 for cutout cookies.

Choose any style of cookie cutter you like. You can use traditional holiday shapes, like Christmas trees or Hanukkah dreidels, or go with a star, square, or (my personal favorite) a retro T-shirt shape. Simple circles are a great option for starting out, though—not only are they easy to ice, but the tie-dye effect really pops on a round shape. No cookie cutters? Simply use the rim of a drinking glass to stamp out perfect circles of dough before baking—or make your own cookie cutters from scratch.