Cookie decorating hack: Ice cube tray as frosting palette

Toddler decorating cookiesSarah says "2 1/2 year-old" and "decorating cookies" in the same sentence. She MUST have a hack.

OK, so my cookie hack is to make a simple, runny icing from powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Make a ton. Then separate into bowls and add food coloring until you have as many colors as you want.

But the "hack" part is to give your kid an ice cube tray with a little icing in the different sections then a bunch of baby spoons to spread or drip it with. The photo is of my (then) 2 1/2 year old decorating Easter cookies. He had a blast with it. I just gave him 3 or so at a time to "paint" on a cookie sheet and it worked great. Minimal mess, tons of fun.

Is that a picture for the scrapbook or what?

Related: Cookie decorating with kids? Talk amongst yourselves.


  1. Paul says

    Another variation is to use Styrofoam egg cartons. The indentations for the eggs can hold icing/paint and the lid side makes for a nice palette for mixing colors.

  2. Anonymous says

    I just have to say what an adorable little boy. I love pictures where they are so involved in something. (maybe because then I know they’re not involved in something they shouldn’t be?? lol)

  3. says

    I love this idea. We love it when kids get into the food they eat and get messy and creative at the same time. And you’ve got the right idea to add your hack. Let the kiddies dive in!

  4. says

    Thank you for this hack!! I used egg cartons for palettes and had six(!) 2-year-olds painting cookies for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party last weekend. Each kid had their own “paint” and brush, so there were no conflicts and the kids did the activity for almost 45 minutes!!! Everyone had a great time!