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Christmas Lights Sugar Cookies

Cute Santas and a very creative string of lights are sure to steal the show this Christmas! They're the perfect centerpiece for your holiday cookie platter. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • DECORATING:
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Shoestring licorice
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 28 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 14 red M&M's miniature baking bits
  • 28 miniature marshmallows, halved

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill in the freezer for 25 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • For lights: On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/2-in. light-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using a plastic straw, make a hole 1/2 in. from the top of each cookie.
  • Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Use a plastic straw to reopen holes in cookies. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For Santas: Roll remaining dough directly on an ungreased baking sheet into an 11x8-in. rectangle. Cut lengthwise into two strips, but do not separate. Cut each strip into seven triangles (do not separate).
  • Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes; cut around cookies to separate. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To decorate: Microwave corn syrup for 6-8 seconds or until thinned. Working with a few cookies at a time, brush corn syrup over the surface. For lights, decorate with sprinkles as desired. Thread licorice through holes.
  • For Santas, press coconut onto faces for beards. Attach chocolate chips for eyes and baking bits for noses. For hats, coat top of cookie with sprinkles; attach marshmallow halves for pom-poms.
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  • dianepage
    Dec 27, 2011

    We made these with preschoolers and they were a big hit. After only the recommended time in the freezer the dough was still too soft to really roll out and make cut-outs, but the resulting dough was like Play Doh / fun dough and the kids had a blast rolling it out and making initials, balls that we flattened into thumbprint cookies (throw a chocolate chip in the center), et cetera. Did the classic swap of 2t white vinegar for the 1t cream of tartar and that was no problem. Would make again!

  • bhilgeman
    Feb 17, 2010

    It's easy and tasty! I've tried many sugar cookie recipes, and this one surpasses the others.