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Christmas Lights Cookies

The Cutest Christmas Lights Cookies (with video!)


  • Author: Rose Atwater
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x

Description

These easy sugar cookies keep their shape and don't require any chilling. They are then decorated with icing and M&M's to make strands of Christmas lights!


Ingredients

Units Scale

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter, cubed while cold
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour

For Royal Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4-5 tablespoons water

For Decorations:

  • M&M's or M&M's Minis
  • Black Icing Writer (or black gel food color to add to Royal Icing)

Instructions

FOR THE COOKIES:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until completely incorporated.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder one cup at a time.
  5. Split the dough in half. Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll both halves of dough out on a prepared surface to a thickness of 3/8 inch. No need to chill the dough. The cookies will bake better if the dough is at room temperature. 
  6. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Arrange the cookies between two cookie sheets and bake for 6-8 minutes or until the edges are a very pale golden color. Do not over bake.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool while you make the royal icing.

FOR THE ICING:

  1. Add the powdered sugar and meringue powder to a mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix.
  2. Continue to add water a tablespoon at a time until the icing runs off the beater in ribbons.
  3. Transfer the icing to a piping bag then snip the end off to make a small opening. Pipe the icing on top of the cooled cookies, then use a toothpick to even out the icing. When dry, use the black writing icing to pipe two lines onto the cookies for the light’s string, add mini M&M's on either side of each line for the lights.

Notes

  • Depending on the size of your cookie cutters, this recipe will yield 2-4 dozen cookies.
  • These cookies will not spread during baking therefore you do not have to have a lot of space between them when baking. 
  • To test if the royal icing is at the right consistency, pick up some of the icing from the bowl with a spoon and drizzle it back into the bowl. It should take about 5 seconds to settle flat. If it stays in a mound add a little more water.
  • To ice the cookies, it is easier with a piping bag, however, if you don’t have one you can dunk the cookies into the icing or use a spoon to carefully drizzle the icing on top.
  • Storage: store in an airtight container at room temperature. The cookies will keep for several days.
  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: Christmas Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Royal Icing, M&M's, Decorated Cookies

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