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Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies – An adorable addition to any Christmas party! Cut-out sugar cookies decorated to look like ugly sweaters!

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Ugly Sweater Cookies

Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies

These cookies might just be the perfect treat for a Christmas party of cookie exchange! I just love ugly sweaters, I own a whole bunch with my favorite being a pullover with a nice picture of a cat by a snowy window with a built in collar.  Oh yeah, a built in collar.  It is the epitome of an ugly sweater.

With my holiday baking in full swing, I have been making batch after batch of cookies but these are the first ones I have actually decorated! Now I will fully admit, I am not a professional cookie decorator but I tried my best and I think they turned out pretty cute! When I found out about Good Cook’s Ugly Sweater Cookie Cutter Set, I just knew I needed to get one and try it out!

how to decorate ugly sweater cookies

These ugly sweater cookies ended up surprisingly easy to make so if you are like me and don’t have much experience, never fear! I included a royal icing recipe down below that is super simple to make and is perfect for decorating these cookies.  Feel free to experiment and decorate these cookies anyway you would like! I decided on doing the string of lights, snowflake, and Christmas tree for my cookies but I thought about doing a wreath, reindeer, and snowman sweaters too.

My favorite of the ugly sweater cookies was definitely the string of lights sweaters.  When I was looking for sprinkles to use for decorating the cookies, I hadn’t decided on what kind of sweaters I was going to make yet.  As soon as I saw the little sugar lights, I just knew I had to use them! It truly was the ugliest sweater I made!

Tips on ugly christmas sweater cookies

  • Make sure to have toothpicks or chopsticks on hand.  Use either of those to move the icing around to fill in holes while it is wet.
  • This royal icing dries pretty quick so make sure you make it just before decorating.
  • To color the icing, just use gel food coloring and mix it in.
  • Once you to the base layer of icing, let it dry before decorating.  This helps avoid some of the bleeding into the other colors of icing.

The cookie recipe I used for these sweater was this Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe! Go check it out, it doesn’t spread and keeps cookies shape super well!

Decorated Christmas Cookies

Check out the video!

Royal Icing

Royal Icing

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies - An adorable addition to any Christmas party! Cut-out sugar cookies decorated to look like ugly sweaters!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, whip egg whites and vanilla extract until there are soft peaks.
  2. Add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, thoroughly combining each time.
  3. Continue to whip until icing is smooth and glossy.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Looking for more Christmas cookie recipes like these Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies? Make sure to check out my Almond Spritz Cookies, Hot Chocolate Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!

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Debra C.

Monday 11th of December 2017

I have been making Christmas cookies like crazy this year. Next year I’ll be making these - need to grab the cookie cutter, these cookies are adorable!

Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 10th of December 2017

Ok, these are super CUTE! This should be the cutest Christmas sweater cookies. The shiny icing is fantastic!

Richa Gupta

Sunday 10th of December 2017

Wow this is creative and cute!


Sunday 10th of December 2017

These are just too cute!


Sunday 10th of December 2017

These are fantastic! A fun activity to do with my kids for sure! Thanks!

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