Christmas Light Cookies

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My favorite part of Christmas is seeing all of the beautiful Christmas lights and enjoying all the lovely desserts. Now, I can enjoy both of these experiences into one with these Christmas Light Cookies! These Sugar cookies are perfect for the winter season and are sure to be your favorite too!

Cookies on a red table cloth.

Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

These Sugar Cookies are so good and great for bringing in the Christmas spirit. They taste like they are fresh out of a bakery and are super simple to make. These crunchy and slightly chewy cookies are topped with a delicious frosting that will just melt in your mouth. If you have upcoming parties or get together for Christmas and the winter season, be sure to make these Chocolate Christmas Cookies and these Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Butter– Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar– This sugar is always used in the best desserts.
  • Vanilla– Use pure extract for the best flavoring.
  • Egg– Use these at room temperature.
  • Flour– Use all-purpose flour for the best results.
  • Powdered Sugar– Use this to make the best homemade frosting.
  • Milk– Use whole or 2% milk for this recipe.
  • Food Coloring Gel– Use black food coloring gel and not liquid food coloring.
  • M & M’s– Use mini M & M’s for this recipe.

How to Make Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

  • To start, add the butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg into a bowl of a standing mixer and combine until light and fluffy.
  • Then add the flour, and baking powder into another bowl and combine.
  • Next, a little at a time, add in the flour and combine on low until fully combined.
Combining the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Switch the whisk attachment with a paddle and combine until smooth ball forms.

Forming the cookies

  • First, use parchment paper to line two cookie sheets.
  • Use your hands to roll the dough into 1-inch balls and arrange them onto the prepared sheets.
  • Place the cookie sheets into the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees until light brown. (check the cookies halfway through to make sure they have cracked)
  • Dip a flat-bottom glass into sugar and press it onto the cookies to make them flatter and give them a crinkle look.
  • Afterward, take the cookies out of the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool thoroughly. (while the cookies cool, make the frosting)
Using a glass to press down the cookies.


  • To begin, place the powdered sugar into a bowl, and a little at a time, add in the milk.
  • Combine until the frosting is smooth with no lumps. (add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin)
  • Add tablespoons of the frosting into another bowl and add some black food coloring and combine. (add powdered sugar if too thin)
  • Top the cookies with the white frosting and allow them to sit for 45 minutes.
  • Next, put the frosting into the pastry bag with a small tip and add the black frosting on top of the white using a back and forth motion to create string or strands for the lights.
  • Finally, top with mini M & M’s to make the colored lights.
Placing the M & M's on the cookies.

Serve and Enjoy!

Three of the Christmas Cookies on a serving plate.

How long do Christmas Light Cookies last?

These sugar cookies will need to be stored properly for the best results. Place the recipe in an airtight container for the best method. Keep at room temp or in the fridge for up to 1 week.

What kind of frosting is used to decorate Christmas Light Cookies?

The frosting used in this recipe is made with a couple of ingredients. This frosting is made with powdered sugar and milk. Frosting will be added to the cookies and then, you will need them to sit for a bit to harden.

All of the Christmas cookies spread out on a table.

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Christmas Light Cookies
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Christmas Light Cookies

My favorite part of Christmas is seeing all of the beautiful Christmas lights and enjoying all the lovely desserts. Now, I can enjoy both of these experiences into one with these Christmas Light Sugar Cookies! These Sugar cookies are perfect for the winter season and are sure to be your favorite too!
Servings: 40 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes


  • 2 Sticks of Butter – softened
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder


  • 2 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Milk – and more if needed
  • Black Food Coloring Gel
  • Mini M & M’s


  • How to Make Christmas Light Sugar Cookies
  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, add the Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, and Egg, and blend until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Baking Powder, and stir well to blend.
  • Add the flour a little at a time and mix on low to blend, until all the flour is added.
  • Remove the Whisk attachment, and use the paddle.  Continue to blend the Cookie dough until it’s completely blended and a smooth ball starts to form.  Scrape down the mixing bowl as needed.
  • Forming the cookies:
  • Line two cookie sheets with Parchment paper, and roll the cookie dough into small balls, about 1 inch balls, and place the balls on the Parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or just until the cookies start to turn a light golden brown around the edges.
  • About halfway through baking the cookies, check the oven, and the cookies may have started to crack a little.
  • Take a flat bottom glass, dip it in Sugar before lightly applying it to each cookie – smash the cookies very gently, and slightly, making them a little flatter, and spread out a little more.  This will give the cookies a crinkle look.
  • When the cookies are done, remove them from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely.  While cookies are cooling, make the Frosting.


  • Add the Powdered Sugar to a bowl, and add the milk a little at a time.
  • Stir well while adding the Milk, until the Frosting is smooth, and no lumps are visible.
  • If the Frosting is thin, add a little more Powdered Sugar until it’s thick enough to ice the Cookies.
  • When you have the right consistency, place a couple of Tablespoonfuls in a separate bowl, and add a drop or two of the Black Food Coloring Gel.
  • Stir well to blend, and if the Black Frosting is thinned a little, add a little Powdered Sugar to achieve a thicker consistency.
  • Frost the Cookies with the White Frosting, and allow them to sit for about 45 minutes until the Frosting is set on the Cookies.
  • Place the Black Frosting in a pastry bag with the small tip, and pipe the Black Frosting onto the White Frosting, using a back and Forth motion, to resemble a string or strand for the Lights.
  • Place the mini M & M’s along with the Black Frosting, so it appears as a strand of Colored Lights on the Cookies.
  • Serve, and Enjoy!

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  • Small Frosting Tip


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