Vodka on Cookies

Find out why I put Vodka on my cookies. Yes, VODKA!   
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Vodka on Cookies

Cookies are especially nice at Christmas time, but these cookies can be adapted to meet any occasion. This is my favorite cookie recipe. I bake an Italian Cookie, the type you’d find in an Italian bakery. They aren’t as sweet as sugar cookies and rise up nicely, hold their shape and have a cake-like quality to them that is irresistible. They have a lovely vanilla taste with a sweet icing on top.

Iced cookies for Christmas

Follow the recipe to bake the cookies, and then these directions for icing:

To start decorating, begin with a cooled cookie and prepare icing according to the recipe. Place icing in a piping bag with a #2 tip for outlining your design.

Iced cookies for Christmas

Outline your cookie. Leave just a little cookie showing so the icing won’t fall off the edge when you fill it.  When you do this, hold the tip slightly off the surface of the cookie and just let the icing fall down onto the cookie for a smooth line. Don’t stretch the icing.

Iced cookies for Christmas

I outline 6 cookies then fill them in, and the outline is not very noticeable; allowing it a couple of minutes to set up helps the other icing from falling off the edge.

Then to fill in the icing, you can use the same piping bag or you can switch to a #3 tip to make it easier. If it’s not filling in completely within 10 seconds use a tooth pick or the tip of the icing and swirl the icing to fill in the empty spaces.

Iced cookies for Christmas

If you are using two or more colors, finish one color first and allow it to set up, then work with the other colors; that way the colors are less likely to run into each other which happens often with darker colors.


This is a great trick to get sprinkles to stick on a portion of the cookies especially if you don’t want more icing added. If you are working on a large batch, this works well, once the area has dried I take a small paintbrush and lightly apply a stroke of vodka to the area you want sprinkles. If you are covering the entire cookie in sprinkles then just apply the sprinkles when the icing is still wet.

Once the icing has dried (about an hour) you can apply some details without it bleeding. I piped on a simple snowflake with the white icing and #2 tip.

Allow your cookie to set overnight. They will not get stale, the icing is covering the majority of the cookie and they will still taste fresh and delicious.

This project can be broken up into stages and you can make the cookies ahead of time. Just place them in a covered container, and ice them another day. When I work on a large project (8-10 dozen with multiple colors) I break it up and work on them for three days, especially if I’m wrapping them individually, that takes time.

Hope you enjoy the cookies, and Merry Christmas!

Printable Cookie and Icing Recipe

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  1. Hey diane you have really amazing talent for the creation of new recipe. And this kind of the talent I never saw before. You just keep it up for your all readers.

  2. I love all your great tips on cookie and cupcakes and you’re dinner recipes are simple for me to follow. Thanks so much, Diane, you are just full of great info. Thanks so much for sharing all your knowledge.

    1. Vodka is an alcoholic beverage and can be purchased where alcoholic beverages are sold near you. They sell small bottles like you’d see on an airplane/hotel for convenience if you don’t typically have alcohol like vodka on hand. When using vodka, you will be using a very small amount with a small paintbrush to apply it, then add the sprinkles or glitter and it will dry quickly and the sprinkle sticks to the icing of hte cookiesl.

  3. Does the alcohol evaporate making it ok for kids?
    Also have you ever used vodka to thin piping gel and does the alcohol evaporate as well with the gel?

    1. It’s a VERY small amount that you apply to the cookies, and it does dry so I feel personally it’s ok to use. Everyone has to do what they feel is best. It’s really a trace amount that is being added, I think I used a teaspoon on 6 dozen cookies. And no one person ate all 6 dozen 🙂 I have not used it to thin piping gel, another option to thin items is corn syrup or water, I have tried corn syrup on cookies, usually, with good results, it’s thick and takes much longer to dry.

  4. Thank you SO much for the great tips and quick response! I am enjoying my new hobby and your website. Blessings!!

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