These are the Cutest Christmas Lights Cookies and they're so easy to make! I have all the step-by-step photos and a great video to show you how to make them with royal icing and mini M&M's. You'll impress all of your friends, teachers at school, your kids... everybody, with these pretty and fun cookies!
These Christmas Lights Cookies have been floating around the internet for a few years and I'm so excited to be sharing my version with you! They're just so stinkin' cute and fun!
The best part for me is... no major cookie decorating skills are required. I consider myself to be a mediocre cookie decorator at best (cakes are my thing!), so I'm all-in for any cookie decorating that is for beginners but still impressive!
These cookies are perfect for that!
What's the best Sugar Cookie Recipe?
Well, that's up for debate, but you can truly use any recipe that you like for these cookies. I prefer a no-spread recipe so that the cookies aren't too puffy. That makes them much easier to decorate with royal icing.
So if you want my recommendation, go with either this roll-out cookie dough recipe (my all-time favorite, go-to recipe), or go with this one I'm about to share.
The upside to this new recipe that my friend Heather shared with me is that you don't have to chill them before baking. And they still don't spread!
Here are the ingredients for my newest sugar cookie recipe:
- 2 sticks salted butter, cold
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
Scroll down below to find the full recipe.
Now, let's talk Royal Icing.
Small-Batch Royal Icing
Royal icing is not the easiest medium to work with (in my opinion) but for these cookies, you don't have to have master skills! Also, we're going to make only a small batch so you won't have tons of it leftover.
The key with royal icing is consistency. You'll want to add the water one tablespoon at a time until you get it right - so that it comes off the spoon in ribbons. If it's too stiff, it won't spread out and be smooth. If it's too runny, it'll run right off the cookie.
Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to get it right, but for these cookies, perfection is not necessary! Just have fun and make cute cookies!
Alrighty... let's get started!
How to Make Christmas Lights Cookies
Mix together until fully combined then bring the mixture together with your hands.
Lightly flour a work surface, turn out the dough and knead it briefly until it’s smooth.
Use a round cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Arrange the cookies between two cookie sheets.
Bake for around 8 minutes or until the edges are a very pale golden color, being careful not to over bake.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool while you make the royal icing.
To make the royal icing, add the powdered sugar and meringue powder to a mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix. Continue to add water a tablespoon at a time until the icing runs off the beater in ribbons.
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.
Decorating the Christmas Lights Cookies
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.
Allow the icing to completely dry, then enjoy!
You can use regular M&M's or mini M&M's for these cookies. You can see that I also had some Easter M&M's on hand and made some pastels. Mix and match them however you like!
These Christmas Lights Cookies are SO much fun and so festive for the holidays! And they're tasty so kids and adults alike can enjoy them!
Get the printable below and make some cookies!Print