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Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

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Christmas Light Sugar Cookies with a small batch of homemade buttercream decorated to look like Christmas Lights. It's the perfect cookie to kick off Christmas Cookies Week!

I am not a cake or cookie decorator but I have been having fun trying my hand at making some fun cakes and cookies here lately. These Christmas Light Sugar Cookies turned out to be a hit.

Most people make them and use royal icing as well as tubed black icing and mini M&M's. However, I wanted to be different, so I made mine using my delicious buttercream icing and fun gel food coloring colors.

The Perfect Sugar Cookie

The cookies are simple and easy, but when you make cutout cookies, you need to make sure to chill the dough before baking them. This will keep them from spreading and will make the perfect sugar cookie.

Decorating the Cookies

For decorating, just divide the icing into several mini bowls and add food coloring to each bowl. Now, use a very small round piping tip so you can draw out the black lines on top of the cookie.

Then, come back with the other colors and add your lights. It really is that simple.

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Yield: 12 cookies

Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

Perfect sugar cookies decorated to look like Christmas lights.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


For the cookie

  • ¾ cup flour, plus extra for rolling
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

For the icing

  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3 cups of powder sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • food coloring -- black, red, blue, green, orange, yellow, purple


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy, add the egg and vanilla.
  3. Once well incorporated, sprinkle over half the flour mixture and beat gently until combined, then sprinkle over the rest. Beat until no streaks of flour remain, but be careful not to over-mix.
  4. Dust a clean countertop with flour, and dump the dough out onto it.
  5. Gather it into a ball and press it into a ½" thick round disk. Flour your rolling pin, then roll out the dough. Use a cookie cutter to cut round shapes.
  6. Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to cut out more shapes and place them on the cookie sheet. You should get 12 cookies.
  7. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for minutes while you preheat the oven to 350.
  8. Once the oven is hot, bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookies just start to turn brown.
  9. Let them sit on the sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the cookies are cooled completely, make the buttercream icing. Divide the icing and color it -- white for the base, black for the string, and then the other colors for the lights.

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