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Christmas Lights Cookies

The easiest holiday cookie decorating EVER!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Servings - 36 servings


  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tub white frosting or make your own!
  • Wilton black gel food coloring (you could also use store bought black decorative icing)
  • 1 pkg chocolate covered sunflower seeds (or preferred candy for the lights)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the softened butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Slowly fold in the flour mixture.
  • Scoop the cookie dough into 2" balls and place about 2" a part on a large baking sheet. Use a flat bottom glass to gently press (flatten) each dough ball to about 1/4" thick.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, or until done. Let cool completely.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, frost each cookie with white frosting and set aside.
  • Add a few drops of the black gel food coloring to the remaining frosting and stir to combine.
  • Scoop the black frosting into a sandwich bag and seal shut. Snip one corner of the baggie with scissors.
  • Gently squeeze the black frosting out onto the top of each cookie to resemble a light cord.
  • Place the chocolate covered sunflower seeds (or preferred candy) along the black frosting to resemble lights.
  • Repeat with all the cookies.
  • Serve Christmas Lights Cookies as a fun holiday treat!