Sugar cookies are a delightfully simple treat. The pale color and flat surface of sugar cookies provide the perfect blank slate for decorating. Even if you’re not a creative genius, you can add a bit of flair to cookies by using a simple colored sugar. Adhering the sugar to the cookies requires a few extra steps, but the brightly colored finished product is well worth the effort. You can add the sugar either before or after you bake the cookies, depending on your preference. Sugar added before the cookies are baked will produce more muted tones, while sugar added afterwards will retain its bright color.

Things You'll Need

Before Baking

Prepare cookies for baking as you would normally. Place all cookies on a baking sheet.

Beat together one egg and two tsp. water in a bowl. Brush onto unbaked cookies.

Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar. Bake as usual.

After Baking

Prepare and bake cookies as usual according to recipe directions. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

Mix together in a bowl 1/4 cup white corn syrup and 1 tsp. water. Brush each cookie with the corn syrup mixture.

Sprinkle colored sugar onto cookies while the corn syrup mixture is still wet. Allow the corn syrup to set before serving.