Cookies are great, but decorated cookies are better—a beautiful royal icing design or smattering of sprinkles really elevates the entire experience. If you’re looking for a tasty and creative hobby or activity, then a cookie decorating kit is what you need.
Whether you’re baking as a hobby, as a way to spend quality time with family members, or to create memorable birthday goodies, these cookie kits will deliver tasty treats.
Here are the best cookie decorating kits.
Kuhn Rikon 23-Piece Cookie Set
Easy to use
Many decorating styles
Clear barrel shows dough
Squeeze bottle is hard to clean
This wonderful cookie press from Kuhn Rikon helps you start decorating memorable cookies before you even bake them. Put your dough in the barrel of the cookie press, select a shape disk, and squeeze the steel trigger to pipe out consistent cookies onto a tray. There are 14 different disks that make a multitude of shapes, including traditional varieties, holiday-themed options (a Christmas tree, pumpkin, heart, and bat), and summery shapes (a flower, butterfly, and camel). This 23-piece cookie set also comes with a squeeze bottle and six decorating tips for icing. From beginning to end, this decorating set can help you create one-of-a-kind cookies.
Price at time of publish: $30
Includes: 1 cookie press, 14 shape disks, 1 squeeze bottle, 1 coupler, 6 decorating tips, instructions, recipes
Williams Sonoma 'Twas the Night Holiday Cookie Cutter 26-Piece Set
Charming storybook storage box
Sturdy stainless steel cookie cutters
Includes sugar cookie recipe
Icing bags are disposable, not reusable
Making and decorating cookies around the holidays is a classic tradition. Williams Sonoma brings the Christmas nostalgia with this beautiful cookie decorating set. It's all presented in a storage box that looks like a classic storybook. There are 12 stainless steel cookie cutters in a variety of wintery shapes, including a star, tree, house, candle, ornament, reindeer, snowflake, present, nutcracker, swan, sleigh, and the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus.
In addition to the thematic cutters, the cookie kit also includes 10 disposable pastry bags for frosting and filling. There are four pastry tips for various fun designs, and a coupler to keep everything nice and neat. It's a well-rounded kit. Williams Sonoma even printed their favorite sugar cookie recipe on the inside of the box.
Price at time of publish: $25
Includes: 12 cookie cutters, 10 pastry bags, 4 pastry tips, coupler, decorative box
Dido Cookie Press
Works with dough and frosting
Comes with a spatula
Pen doesn't hold much filling
For a multifunctional budget-friendly decorating kit, we recommend this cookie press kit by Dido. It comes with a small plastic cookie press (with a cute flower-shaped plunger), six decorating tips, and a spatula. You can put cookie dough in the press and pipe out shapes of your choice using the different styles of tips. The press can also handle icing, so you can decorate cookies or other desserts, like cupcakes and cakes. Everything is easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean. This versatile tool is really only limited by your imagination.
Price at time of publish: $10
Includes: 1 cookie press, 6 decorating tips, 1 spatula
Cheryl's Cut-Out Cookie Decorating Kit
Inclusive cookie kit
Different frosting and sprinkle types
Contained in a cute box
Only one flavor of cookie
If you want to get right to the decorating and skip the baking part, Cheryl’s sells cut-out cookie decorating kits. This all-in-one set comes packaged in a cute bakery-themed box. There are 24 cookies total, two tubs of frosting—one vanilla, one chocolate—and sugar sprinkles in various colors. It’s a fun activity that would be a hit at sleepovers, birthday parties, family get-togethers, and celebrations of any kind.
Includes: 24 pre-baked cut-out cookies, 1 pound tub of vanilla frosting, 1 pound tub of chocolate frosting, 1 canister of sprinkles, 1 decorative box
Artcome Cookie Decorating Tool Set
Wide variety of cookie cutter shapes
Includes many bottles and scriber tools
Cutters are small
If you’re new to the world of cookie decorating, you’re going to need a few things to get started. This basic set from Artcome should do the trick. It has 28 cookie cutters in various sizes and fun shapes, including hearts, stars, flowers, circles, a moon, reindeer, snowflakes, and more. The kit also has multiple squeeze bottles for icing, which allows you to pipe intricate patterns with optimal control. Lastly, there are several scriber needles for smoothing out icing on your cookies. It’s an inclusive and affordable set for anyone just starting out.
Price at time of publish: $16
Includes: 28 stainless steel cookie cutters, (6) 2-ounce squeeze bottles, 6 scriber needles
Best for Kids
Color My Cookie Under the Sea Cookie Decorating Kit
Pre-baked and partially pre-decorated
Edible paint just needs water
Also comes with sprinkles and shapes
A bit pricey
Snacktime and crafting combine to make this kid-pleasing cookie kit. Color My Cookie provides pre-baked and pre-iced cookies in whimsical shapes that kids can decorate with food-safe paints. This sea-themed kit has three nautical shapes for kids to enjoy: a seahorse, smiling octopus, and starfish. An additional cookie is shaped like a paint palette and holds the edible paints. Dip the provided paintbrush in a little bit of water, dab it on the color you want, and get to painting. You can even eat the palette afterward. For extra creative fun, the kit comes with sprinkles, icing, and other edible decorations themed for an underwater adventure. Color My Cookie also has other themed kits available, including this dinosaur one and this unicorns and rainbows kit.
Price at time of publish: $39
Includes: 2 seahorse cookies, 2 octopus cookies, 2 starfish cookies, 1 paint palette cookie (with 4 edible paint colors), 2 paint brushes, 2 cups, icing, sprinkles, edible decor
Cakebe Cake Cupcake Decorating Kit 68 PCS
Comes in organized storage box
Includes decoration instructions
Storage kit is a bit small
Lock latch is flimsy
If you want to get serious about your cookie decorating skills, then you’ll need the right tools. Cakebe’s massive 68-piece supply kit has everything you need and more. For the icing, there are six big decorating tips for larger items, like cakes, and 36 numbered tips in a variety of shapes and patterns. The set comes with 10 durable but disposable piping bags and two additional reusable silicone piping bags. There are three textured bench scrapers, a pair of pastry tweezers, a syringe, a cleaning brush, and more, all packed in a handy and organized toolbox. Cakebe also has other sizes available, ranging from 52 pieces to a whopping 342 pieces.
Price at time of publish: $28
Includes: 1 storage box, 6 big decorating tips, 36 numbered decorating tips, 1 cleaning brush, 1 syringe, 3 bench scrapers, 1 decorating nail, 1 pastry tweezer, 10 disposable piping bags, 2 reusable silicone piping bags, couplers and ties, 1 pattern chart
Uncommon Goods Edible Custom Photo Cookie Kit
Edible stickers are easy to place
Great family activity
A picture is worth a thousand words, and these pictures from Uncommon Goods are edible. The Edible Custom Photo Cookie not only provides the dry ingredients for baking delicious sugar cookies but also prints off custom edible stickers of photos you submit with your order. It yields 12 cookies total. If you submit one photo, you’ll receive 12 edible stickers of that picture. With two photos, you’ll get six each. With three pictures, there will be four stickers each. Peel off the sticker and place it on the cookie for a truly one-of-a-kind treat. It’s perfect for birthday parties, graduations, anniversaries, or retirements.
Price at time of publish: $45
Includes: Dry cookie ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla sugar, salt, confectioner’s sugar), 12 edible custom stickers, circle cookie cutters, instructions, recipe book
Best Royal Icing
Tasty by Wilton Royal Icing 101 Kit
Includes everything you need for icing
Has print and online instructions
Food coloring makes for versatile icing shades
Bags aren't reusable
If you’re looking for a great royal icing kit, Tasty and Wilton have you covered. The Royal Icing 101 collection has everything you need to get started: an instruction kit, parchment paper, decorating bags, decorating tips, three bottles of food coloring, and royal icing mix. With this kit, you can make intricate cookie designs and other royal icing creations. It’s a great set for those new to royal icing or people who want to hone their skills.
Price at time of publish: $13
Includes: 6 decorating bags, 3 parchment paper sheets, large and small round decorating tips, (3) 0.3-ounce bottles of food coloring (red, blue, yellow), 14 ounces of royal icing mix, instruction card
Make a Wish Cosmic Sprinkle Mix
Many color options and themes available
Includes pearls, jimmies, crystals, dots, and more
May be too flashy for everyday cookies
Sprinkles are like the cherries on top of any decorating project; they add a bit of flair and flavor to cookies, cupcakes, and doughnuts. If you want to elevate your sprinkle game, we suggest you check out Make a Wish’s stunning sprinkle mixes. The Cosmic Sprinkle Mix has an out-of-this-world curation of sprinkles in various sizes, shapes, and colors, including white stars, big green pearls, silvery dots, blue sugar crystals, and more. Make-A-Wish has plenty of beautifully themed mixes available, including Iris Delight, Blue Snuggles, Secret Kisses, Sunshine Mix, and more.
Price at time of publish: $5
Includes: 1 bag of sprinkle mixture
Kuhn Rikon’s incredible 23-Piece Cookie Set has a dough press, multiple shaping disks, icing bags, and more. It is an end-to-end cookie kit that will help you create eye-catching treats. Our budget pick is Dido’s Cookie Press Kit, which doubles as an icing syringe, comes with multiple decorating tips, and even includes a bonus spatula.
What to Look for in a Cookie Decorating Kit
Whether your decorating kit includes premade cookies or not, you’ll need the right tools for the job. Common decorating tools include cookie cutters, icing bags, decorating tips, offset spatulas or bench scrapers, and scriber needles. Stainless steel and silicone are popular materials for their durability and reusability.
Some cookie kits include premade cookies, some just provide the decorating tools, while others provide ingredients for you (usually only the dry ingredients since it’s a bit hard to ship eggs and milk). Be sure to comb through the ingredients list to see what else you’ll need to provide to make cookies. You’ll also want to double-check the ingredients and manufacturer’s notes if you have any dietary restrictions, like peanut allergies or gluten intolerance.
If you’re ordering a premade cookie decorating kit, it’s important to get it as fresh as possible. Thoroughly check the listing to see when the cookies were made and how quickly they will ship to you. Refrigerated sugar cookies have a shelf life of about two weeks, but if you can get them to your house sooner than that, it would be better.
What type of cookies are easiest to decorate?
Sugar cookies are certainly the most common type of cookie to decorate. Their smooth and flat surface is ideal for icing with ease. That said, there are plenty of other types you can choose from, like shortbread, classic gingerbread, butter cookies, or flavored cut-out cookies, like chocolate, peanut butter, or red velvet. All of these tend to be flat, hold their shape well, and don’t have add-ins, like nuts, to make a bumpy texture.
What frosting or icing is best for decorating cookies?
Frosting is versatile in flavor and texture. From simple sugar cookie frosting to rich chocolate buttercream, there are a lot of choices. Soft frostings are great for decorating cookies if you want to add sprinkles, nuts, or other toppings. Frosting acts like an edible glue of sorts while staying soft and creamy.
If you want to create beautiful or intricate designs that have a bit more snap, we suggest royal icing. It’s a thinner frosting that hardens once dry and can be used to decorate in all sorts of ways. Royal icing is great for detailed designs, writing, and more.
What should I use to decorate a cookie?
The beauty of decorating your own cookies is that you can use just about anything. Common decorating ingredients include frosting, royal icing, sprinkles, crushed nuts, crumbled candy bars, edible paints, colored sugar, small candies, fresh fruit, jams, chocolate, edible flowers, and plenty more.
Why Trust the Spruce Eats?
Allison Wignall spent a good chunk of her childhood in the kitchen with her grandparents and mother, making all sorts of tasty cookies and desserts. Her favorites include Mexican wedding cake cookies and peanut butter kiss cookies. She is a writer who focuses on food and travel. During her globetrotting, she has tasted some of the sweetest confections—from macarons in Paris to fresh gourmet chocolates in Ecuador. Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.