How to Make a Decorated Candy Cane With Bow Sugar Cookie

Decorated sugar cookie tutorial with video - decorated candy cane cookies with a bow

I have spent absolutely MINUTES this holiday season observing the holiday gift opening behavior of those around me. And I've come to the conclusion that it can be narrowed down to two distinct styles. On one side of the dichotomy we have people who graciously accept gifts and then inexplicably take them home without even peeking and put them under their tree to open on Christmas!! No one is even watching them and they aren't peeking. It's like some kind of Survivor Challenge of discipline and self control.

On the other side of this vast chasm we have the people that literally cannot help themselves, even when their daughter told them that the Christmas card was definitely NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES to be opened until Christmas day. Even when that same daughter wrote the exact same instructions on the outside of the card. Even when they KNEW it would contain a heartfelt crayon drawing...this person simply waited until everyone was in bed and opened it anyway...because...CHRISTMAS, that's why.

I obviously belong to the first group.


Why does anyone belong to the first group? How do you DO IT?! Seriously, tell me because my daughter is NOT going to be happy if she discovers that I peeked at her drawing 5 days early. She left very clear instructions and I did not listen to them. I'm terrified that she'll know the second she wakes up in the morning. I'm going to have to distract her with these cookies.

Decorated sugar cookie tutorial with video - decorated candy cane cookies with a bow

1. Flood the entire cookie with white icing. Let it dry for at least 4 hours or overnight.
2. (I didn't do this...but I totally recommend lightly drawing the shape of the candy cane with a light colored food color marker so it will be easier to line up later.) Pipe the top part of the bow with medium consistency red icing and a #2 tip. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
3. Add the ribbon tails with the same icing and let it dry for another 15 minutes.
4. Grab some medium consistency green icing and a #1.5 tip. Outline the edge of the candy cane and then come back and fill in the stripes. I like to start at the bottom so I can space the stripes evenly on the bow...but you can do what you want. Add a dot of red icing to the middle of the bow and let it all dry for another 15 minutes.
5. Add bow details with the red icing and a #1.5 tip.

See it in action here.


Grab the cutters: Candy Cane with Bow, Regular Candy Cane, Holly Cluster (Maple Leaf), Snowflake, and Gingerbread Man.

See how to make the most amazing bows ever from Delorse of Sword's Sugars.

Get the Holly Cluster tutorial from Sweet Sugarbelle.


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