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{christmas light cookies | letters to santa}

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Bay Bakes. It’s be a while, but my favorite (not-so) little baker is back. You see, Bay’s now a teenager. So, sometimes she’s all about the blog, like right now. And other times, not so much. Ha! When she’s willing to bake, I take her up on it!

She made the cutest + yummiest Christmas Light Cookies. They are so fun and festive.

I included the sweetest Letter To Santa free printable at the end of this blog post. Although we no longer host our Letters To Santa night, Bay will 100% be forced to write a letter anyway!

This recipe can be made even simpler by purchasing pre-made sugar cookies from the grocery store. Or even those sugar cookies pouches from Pillsbury. Kids wont care if they are homemade or semi-homemade. It’s all about the time in the kitchen together. Licking the spoon. And sneaking as many mini M&M’s as possible. Am I right?

{Christmas Light Cookies}

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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{Christmas Light Cookies}

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup flour + extra for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • circle cookie cutter (about 3-4 inches) a cup totally works too!

Royal Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 large egg white


  • 1 small tube of black icing for writing
  • 1 cup mini M&Ms

Here’s what you’ll do:

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour + baking powder + salt.

Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar.

When it gets nice light and fluffy, add egg yolk + vanilla.

Once mixed, add half of the flour mixture. Beat until combined. Add remaining flour and mix.

Dust a work place or counter top with flour. Then dump the dough out onto it. Form into a ball and press it into a 1/2″ thick round disk.

Flour your rolling pin and roll out the dough out big enough to cut out about 8 circles. Repeat with remaining dough.

Place the circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Pop the baking sheet into the freezer while the oven preheats to 350 degrees.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookies just start to turn brown.

Allow cookies to cool.

While cookies are cooling, get started on the royal icing.

Combine powdered sugar + lemon juice.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg white. Measure out 2 tablespoons of egg whites and add them to the bowl with the sugar.

Whisk together the icing. The sugar will melt and it will become liquid. Pack your patients, this takes a while.

Spoon a small amount onto each cookie. Using a butter knife, spread icing almost to the edges of each cookie.

Allow the icing to harden before decorating.

Pipe two thin black lines onto each cookie. Then press mini M&Ms sideways on each side of the black icing.


And there you have it. Christmas light cookies. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it’s actually really easy to do. Great cookie for little ones to help out with.

Stick the cookies on the dining room table and bust out letters to Santa. I found the cutest free Printable from Declaration & Co. You can click on the link here to download. Or click on the photos below to print.

We used to host a Letters To Santa Night back in the day. It was one of my most favorite traditions. Alongside the 4th of July Bike Parade. Why do kids have to grow up? Ha! Anyway, I think this is such a sweet little note and it comes with a fun fold-able envelope. I hope you and your kiddos enjoy them!

Remember, you can now print the recipe.  “Pin” to your Pinterest board for safe keeping.  If you decide to give it a shot, pretty please – tag me.  Text me.  I can’t wait to hear what you think!!  100% makes my day ♥

Happy Hump Day friends!!!

xoxo stacyb

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