Decorating Christmas cookies is an activity I desperately want to enjoy, but my lack of fine motor skills and short attention span make it difficult. Filling—and then using—a piping bag is also pretty terrible. There is no hack for instilling artistic talent into these talentless hands, but a squeeze-able sauce bottle is much easier to fill and use than a pastry bag.
Even if you have mastered filling those flimsy bags (a big measuring cup can help), there are still many benefits to grabbing some squeezy bottles. If you have children, for instance, I think you will find the easily held and squeezed plastic bottles to be much more friendly to their little hands and developing senses of coordination. The rigid walls mean they stand up all on their own, making filling and storing infinitely easier. And while I know some pastry and piping bags are technically reusable, I have never had a fun time cleaning a bag.
Once filled, it is very easy to control the amount of pressure exerted on a squeezy bottle, which lets me decorate cookies to the best of my ability (which still isn’t like, amazing, but that’s a me problem). Squeeze bottles can be used for both piping and flooding, and some even come with tips intact, letting you snip them to your desired size. Once you’re all iced out, just wash any remaining sugar down the drain, then refill them with another delicious liquid (like cocktail syrup, salad dressing, or your favourite sauce) for easy, precise dispensing.