Christmas Lights Sugar Cookies

These thick, festive sugar cookies will absolutely light up your holiday season.
Christmas Lights Sugar Cookies


  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 ½ cups sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
  8. 1 (32-ounce) package powdered sugar (about 7 ½ cups)
  9. 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  10. 10 to 12 tbsp. warm water
  11. Black cookie icing
  12. Mini M & M’s or Candy-Coated Sunflower Seeds


  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat until blended.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Shape dough into 2-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten balls slightly with bottom of glass dipped in sugar.
  • Bake at 325˚ for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden (do not brown). Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.