Do you like to frost cut-outs? Do you not have time for royal icing and flooding?? Want a great tip? Let the kids do it!
If I am making cookies for a gift or to take to a party, I spend the time to make royal icing and flood the cookies. This is time consuming and can be a process, depending on how elaborate the decorations get. However for sugar cookies for family, I let the kids help. They are so excited to unleash their creativity, and it's one less task for me.
Here's how I set it up. I take a can of vanilla frosting, add 1/8 tsp. of an extract (I used Almond but cinnamon, anise, vanilla, lemon are all yummy), divide it up, and color with food dye. Then I get out all my sprinkles, sugars, little candies, chocolate chips, etc. I set it up on the table and let them loose.
Have fun, let the kids have fun, and enjoy the time together!