Kid-Friendly Tips Make Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating a Piece of Cake

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One Tough Cookie offers tips on how to decorate Valentine’s Day cookies with kids (

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Following these simple, essential tips will turn cookie decorating with kids from a nightmare into a sugar-coated dream.

Don’t those cookie-decorating tutorials in magazines and on television make it look like anyone could decorate cookies like a pro in 5 minutes? But, after you and your kids decided to try your hand at it, your kitchen looks like a sugar bomb exploded in the middle of it, there are mountains of dirty dishes and you haven’t even iced your first cookie yet?

Gail Dosik, founder of One Tough Cookie (, wants to let you in on a little secret. There are squadrons of helpers behind the scenes making and coloring the icing, filling the bags and bottles, baking the cookies. If the only squadron you have on hand is your kids, don’t despair.

Following these simple, essential tips will turn cookie decorating with kids from a nightmare into a sugar-coated dream.

Tips for Decorating Valentine’s Day Cookies with Kids:

1. Keep the shapes simple…circles, stars, hearts, flowers….pick shapes children can easily identify and relate to.
2. Use squeeze bottles for icing…they’re much easier to work with than pastry bags. They’re available at cake decorating and craft stores everywhere, as well as online. They’re easy to refill, too.
3. Kids LOVE to use the icing as a glue for little edible candies in all sorts of shapes and colors. Use red, pink and white colors in heart shapes for Valentine’s Day decorating.
4. Edible markers are another way to decorate cookies, especially if you’re ‘mess-adverse’. You can frost cookies with plain white royal icing the day before and let the cookies dry. The next day the kids can color to their hearts’ content on their “edible canvasses”.
5. Write your child’s classmates’ names on the cookies. They make fun and delicious Valentine’s Day party treats.
6. Bake the cookies ahead of time so that they are cool and ready to be decorated. I personally suggest baking the night before while everyone is sleeping. Then you also have a chance to try one (or two) cookies for taste testing purposes.
7. Make the cookies a bit thicker than usual and bake extra. The thicker cookies should help minimize breakage but if it does happen, you will have extra cookies available.
8. Use lollipop sticks to make lollipop cookies. Kids and adults go crazy for them.

One Tough Cookie's cookies are shipped nationwide. To place an order, or find out more, contact Gail Dosik at

More about Gail Dosik and One Tough Cookie:

One Tough Cookie (, the Prada of pastry, creates hand-decorated cookies, cakes and cupcakes will capture your style and your taste buds. Through word-of-mouth and a loyal customer base that is quickly growing, One Tough Cookie’s delectable treats are sought after by New Yorkers, celebrities, and news personalities.

Founded by Gail Dosik (known as 'THE Tough Cookie'), One Tough Cookie dishes up confectionary artistry rooted in fashion. Dosik spent 20 years at NYC fashion houses before opening her boutique bakery doors. Studying at the French Culinary Institute ensures that her pastry portraits taste as good as they look.


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