Even though making cookie dough is half the battle (and frankly, the most un-fun half), you’ll want to do this part before your army of guests shows up. After all, they’re coming over to have fun, not to be put to work. Prep all your doughs in advance, wrap them up tightly and store them away in the fridge. Added bonus: cookie dough cuts better when cold, so having a few chilled balls of premade dough in the refrigerator will benefit you the day of your party.
Sugar cookie is the classic cookie dough of choice for decorating. You can either go the store-bought route or make your dough from scratch . But don’t be afraid to think outside the cookie box! These easy and buttery shortbread cookies are just waiting to be dressed up in frosting and sprinkles. And, we love this three-in-one dough that can be transformed from a plain sugar base to either chocolate or gingerbread; each flavor is decorating-friendly!
It’s up to you to decide how hands-on your cookie-decorating party is going to be. You can either cut and bake cookies ahead of guests showing up, or leave the dough unbaked and have guests do the cookie-cutting. Keep in mind that pre-baking will mean less time in the kitchen during the event. However, pre-baking also means more work for you ahead of the party.