Christmas Light Cookies
Great for kids of all ages, these Christmas light cookies are a cute and unique addition to your holiday cookie swap.
- Serves: 9 persons
- For the Cookie Dough:
- ⅔cup butter (softened)
- ¾cup sugar
- ½teaspoon orange zest (or lemon zest)
- ½teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 ½teaspoons baking powder
- ¼teaspoon salt
- 2tablespoons milk
- For the Frosting and Decoration:
- 1(16-ounce) can white vanilla frosting (or about 2 cups homemade frosting)
- Black food coloring (3-4 drops)
- ½cup mini M&Ms (all colors except for brown)
Step 1Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 375 F.
Step 2Using an electric mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla thoroughly.
Step 3Add in the egg and beat until light and fluffy.
Step 4In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
Step 5Blend the dry mixture into the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk.
Step 6Divide dough in half and place each half in a plastic bag to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Step 7Roll out each dough ball into 1/3-inch sheet.
Step 8Cut out circles using a biscuit cutter or the lip of a juice glass and place onto a parchment lined cookie sheets. You will need to bake the cookies in batches and can re-roll the scraps into another sheet.
Step 9Bake for approximately 6 minutes. Do not allow the cookies to brown.
Step 10Remove the cookies from the cookie sheets and place on a rack to cool.
Step 11Divide the can of frosting into two bowls. In the second bowl, add black food coloring and stir to combine the frosting with the food coloring.
Step 12Once the cookies are completely cooled, frost them with the white vanilla frosting.
Step 13Place the black frosting into a icing bag with a small round whole tip. Pipe the black frosting close to the edge of each cookie swirling and twirling it to create the tangled string part of the christmas lights.
Step 14While the frosting is still wet add the mini M&Ms to the black string, alternating the colors and leaving space in between each candy.
Step 15Leave out for Santa or enjoy for yourself!