I love a theme during the holidays, and this year, we’re doing fringe!!! We’ll be decorating our house with fun holiday fringe and our gifts will obviously be included. Fun and unique ways to wrap our presents is totally my jam and one of the best things about Christmas is dessert, right?

I thought it would be great fun to combine these two favorite things about the holidays, a theme and sweets, and make holiday fringe sugar cookie gift tags! And I love them just as much as I imagined I would.

Because who doesn’t want a gift tag they can also enjoy as a sweet treat!?

Fringe Tag Sugar Cookie Recipe

To make the fringe tag sugar cookies you will need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp Princess Emulsion

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
2. With mixer on medium add eggs and mix until well combined, then add the Princess Emulsion.
3. One cup at a time, add your sifted flour to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
4. Shape dough into a round disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for one hour.

Let’s roll that dough!

5. Lightly dust your rolling surface with flour and roll out your chilled dough to ¼” thick.
6. To cut your gift tag cookies, find a gift tag shape you like and trace onto a sheet of paper.
7. Cut out your pattern and you can use this to make your cookie gift tags.
8. Place cookie cut outs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and remove your chilled cookies and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. The edges should be the lightest golden color. Allow cookies to cool completely cool before decorating.

To make the Royal Icing you will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp Princess Emulsion

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites on medium low until they become frothy.
2. Turn your mixer up to medium high and slowly begin to add your powdered sugar.
3. Next, add the Princess Emulsion and mix until well combined.
4. Turn your mixer to high, and whisk the icing until you have a smooth a glossy finish. You’ll know when your icing is perfect when a ribbon of the icing takes around 20 seconds to disperse back into the mixture. If your icing becomes too thick or too thin you can add a small amount of water or powdered sugar at a time to get the consistency you need.
5. Add icing to a piping bag fitted with a #3 decorating tip.

To make the edible fringe you will need:

  • Wafer Paper
  • Luster Dust, any color
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Food only paint brushes
  • Fringe scissors

1. To make the fringe, cut strips of wafer paper about 1 inch wide.
2. Dip a food only paint brush in vegetable oil and wipe off the excess, then, dip the brush in luster dust.
3. Paint your luster dust onto the wafer paper strips. If the luster dust becomes hard to paint with add a little bit more oil to your brush. You can play around with it to get the right consistency.
4. Using your scissors, cut each strip to create your fringe.


Assembling the tags is easy once all the ingredients are created.

Ice each of the cookies with the royal icing; don’t forget to leave a hole so you can attach your cookie tags to your gifts. Let the icing set a little before adding your fringe. If the icing is too wet, it will start to melt the wafer paper. When your cookies have dried, but are still a little tacky, cut the wafer paper fringe to size and attach to the cookie. Let dry completely before using.

These holiday cookie gift tags are so much fun and will definitely be a sweet surprise for your gifts. I want to make them for all of my presents this year and have a long list of fun shapes and colors I’m dying to create. Wouldn’t cute little rainbows or piñatas make just the cutest tags for the a present any day?

PS. More cookie fun right here – Gummy Bear Cookies, Cookies In Shades Of Red and Rudolph Cookie Making.

(Project recipe, styling, and photography @A Subtle Revelry by Brandi Van Leer).

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