Christmas season means cookie season! There’s nothing we like better than filling our homes with the smell of homemade treats, especially when those treats are in adorable seasonal shapes. These cookies go to the next level when they’re decorated, but there’s just one problem— our decorations never turn out the way we imagine them.

This year, though, we were determined to master the cookie decorating skills, and so we were so excited when we found this tutorial from Chowhound. Their secret? Perfectly flooded royal icing. Watch how it’s done, and then get started making cookies Santa would be proud to eat.

For Perfect Royal Icing, You’ll Need

– 4 cups powdered sugar
– 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
– 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed

Head over to Chowhound’s site for the full, printable royal icing recipe, and be sure to watch the video for all the application tips. Do you regularly decorate with royal icing? What are some of your favorite ways to decorate your Christmas cookies and make them extra special?