How To Decorate Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

Welcome to our Homemade Holiday, the Baking edition!  Don’t forget for inspiring non-sewing craft ideas, visit According to Kelly and for gorgeous sewing gift ideas, visit Skip To My Lou!
Today’s featured Baker is Bridget

I’m just thrilled to be part of the Holiday BAKE, CRAFT, SEW Along!  Isn’t it nice to take a break from the heat & humidity and think of Christmas?!?

While you might not want to start on this cookie project in JULY, I hope it gets you thinking, “cookies.”  Cookies decorated with royal icing can be frozen…so bake up plenty in November and you’ll be ready for holiday gift-giving!

Cookies are the ultimate DIY gift! Who doesn’t love a cookie? They make perfect gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends and family.

I’m going to share with you a simple and fun decorated Christmas cookie idea.

First, you’ll need a Christmas light cookie cutter (check craft stores, kitchen stores and even the grocery store) and cookie dough. Here is the recipe I use, but I won’t tell if you buy it from Pillsbury. 😉

Once your cookies are cooled, make up a batch of royal icing and tint in the colors you’d like. (I used AmeriColor Gel Paste food colorings in egg yellow, super red, leaf green and regal purple.)

Now the fun begins:

  • With a #4 icing tip, use a zig-zig motion to make the light bulb base in yellow (AmeriColor Egg Yellow).
  • Using a #2 tip, outline the bulb shape in color of your choice.
  • Thin the bulb color icings with water, a little at a time and stirring, until they reach the consistency of thick syrup. Cover with a damp cloth and let rest several minutes.
  • One color at a time, stir gently to break up large air bubbles that have risen to the surface. Transfer icing to a squeeze bottle.
{I work about 3 cookies at a time when filling.}
  • Fill (or flood) in the outlined area. Use a toothpick to guide into edges and fully cover.
  • Let dry at least one hour.
  • Again with the #2 tips, add a little curved line for detail on the bulb.

Stop here, they are perfectly cute OR the next day….

…mix a meringue powder with equal amount water (such as 1/2 tsp of each). With a small or child’s paintbrush, paint the mixture on the line detail and shake on sanding sugar (turn upside down to remove excess)….

…OR, coat the entire bulb with the meringue powder/water mixture and shake on sanding sugar.

(For an example of how to set up a sanding sugar station, click here.)
Alrighty….go mark your calendars for holiday cookie making! Pssst…you get to eat all of the mistakes!
Meet Bridget, the brains and talent behind the utterly gorgeous and delectable site:  Bake at 350
Bridget has been eating cookies for as long as she can remember and decorating them for a decade. Her blog, Bake at 350, features the how-to’s of cookie decorating and other fattening stuff. Bridget’s new vlog, University of Cookie, is the go-to place for cookie decorating videos.

Hey y’all, if you’re here for Mouthwatering Mondays please still link up your posts! However, I HIGHLY encourage y’all to visit the other blogs participating in Handmade Holiday, you may be inspired to try something new! Especially, go visit Bridget’s blog!
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  1. Oh.My.Gosh!
    Last month I was searching high and low for directions on decorating cookies. This tutorial is perfect! Easy to understand and complete. Thanks you so much! I’m your newest subscriber!!

  2. oh yum! i’ve always been scared of decorating cookies, but NOW, i think i might just have to give it a try. you make it look almost easy!

  3. I love these little things! As much as I LOVE summer, looking so forward to Christmas cookie decorating!

  4. Found out about this fun holiday “party” over at Crap I’ve Made. What a fabulous idea, can’t wait to see all the wonderful projects! 🙂

  5. What a great idea to have a “Christmas in July” blog party! LOVED the tutorial from Bridget….she always makes it look soooo easy! Such amazing creations she bakes!

  6. I LOVE these!! Bridget actually inspired me to make chiristmas light cookies last year……mine didn’t turn out as cute as hers, but I can’t wait to try again this year!!

  7. This is a great blog link-up to have and you could not have picked a nicer, more talented baker to host your *kick-off post. I don’t think that there’s a cookie yet that Bridget has made that hasn’t made me smile. Her Christmas Lights are no exception. Thank you for having her here today.

  8. Hey Rach! its been a while since my last visit, but glad I stopped by because THIS is just such a lovely christmas cookie recipe! Totally gonna save it and surprise my kids! Well, my recipe isn’t a baked one, its a roasted one. Great experimentation led me to delicious corn made in my backyard chiminea firepit! Enjoy and thanks for sharing the foodie love this monday! Alex

    1. 🙂 We did a whole series! Sewing, Non Sewing and Baked Gift Ideas. To help people who wanted to start early and get a jump on their holiday gifts! All handmade ideas, plus some are just wonderful for birthdays etc… 😉

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