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Christmas Light Cookies

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  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 28
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Brighten your holidays by making some of these sweet little red and green light bulb cookies each with a silly frosting smile and candy googly eyes.
Updated Mar 16, 2017
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  • 1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • Red and green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup from 1 tub (16 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Chocolate Frosting
  • 56 candy eyes (1/2 inch)


  • 1
    In a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar cookie mix and the flour. (NOTE: The package recipe says to add 1 tablespoon of flour, but with the addition of the wet food coloring, I added an extra tablespoon to ensure the light bulbs would look like light bulbs once baked.) Add the butter and mix to combine. Crack the egg, pour the egg into the bowl and mix until a soft dough forms, saving the egg shell for later.
  • 2
    Pinch off about 1/4 cup of the dough. Set it aside. Divide the remaining dough in half.
  • 3
    Color one half of the dough red and the other half green, using the food coloring.
  • 4
    Scoop out 14 tablespoonfuls of the red dough and 14 of the green dough. Roll into balls then shape into Christmas lights (like teardrops). Set on parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  • 5
    Divide the remaining uncolored dough into 28 small pieces. Roll the pieces into balls then into short tubes. Use the tiny amount of egg white that is still inside the egg shell as glue. Use a pastry brush or your finger to brush a bit of egg white one end of each tube of dough and press them onto the wider ends of the colored light bulb shaped dough.
  • 6
    Refrigerate the light bulbs for 30 minutes.
  • 7
    Preheat your oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick cookie sheets.) Bake cookies, one tray at a time, for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  • 8
    Decorate your Christmas Light Cookies by filling a disposable pastry bag or a zip top bag with the chocolate frosting. Snip off the end of the bag and pipe a small dot of frosting onto the back of each candy eye. Press the eyes onto your light bulbs. Pipe on silly smiles. Pipe grooves onto the base of each light bulb.
  • 9
    To dress up your platter of cookies, arrange your light bulb cookies along a strand of ribbon or a long licorice lace. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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  • These too-cute-eat holiday cookies are bound to put a smile on your family's face. Just their shape is cute! But don't stop there, have even more fun by adding sweet smiles and silly eyes to Christmas Light Cookies. I took these to a holiday cookie swap and my friends went nuts over them. Each cookie looks as if it has a unique personality. Some look goofy, others a bit shy, and all look very happy and will add charm to any cookie platter for the holidays. To decorate the light bulbs, I piped on frosting smiles using Betty Crocker™ Dark Chocolate frosting and added candy (royal icing) eyes that I bought at a cake decorating store. If you prefer, you can simply pipe round eyes using Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting and add chocolate frosting dots for the pupils or make your own candy eyes by drawing pupils onto round white candies using a black food coloring marker. Get creative and have some fun. To dress up your platter of cookies arrange your light bulb cookies along a strand of ribbon or a long licorice lace. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
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