Easy Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies

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Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies

Welcome to our delicious and festive Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies recipe! Perfect for the holiday season, these cookies are not just a treat to the palate but also a joy to the eyes.

Made with rich brown butter, a double dose of vanilla, and a touch of chocolate, these cookies are bound to become a holiday favorite.

They are soft, buttery, and have the ideal sweetness level, complemented by an irresistible vanilla bean glaze.

Decorated with chocolate and colorful holiday M&M’s, these cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat.

Ideal for gifting or adding a special touch to your holiday cookie collection!

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Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 12 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut liquor (optional)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra if needed)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Vanilla Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, melted
  • Mini holiday M&M’s and vanilla sugar for decoration
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Directions

  1. Begin by browning 6 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan until it turns a nutty brown. Cool it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining butter, cooled browned butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in the egg. Gradually add the flour, baking soda, and salt, forming a dough.
  4. Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Freeze the cutouts for 15 minutes before baking.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden. Allow to cool.
  6. For the icing, mix powdered sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and water. Spread on cooled cookies.
  7. Decorate with melted chocolate and M&M’s, imitating Christmas lights.
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Notes

  • For a Slice n’ Bake version, roll the dough into logs, chill, and slice.
  • The dough can be kept in the fridge to prevent it from spreading while baking.
  • Customize your cookies with different shapes and decorations.

Nutrition

Each cookie approximately contains:

  • Calories: 206 kcal
  • Note: This is an estimate and can vary based on ingredients used.

FAQs On Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies

Can I use regular butter instead of salted butter?

Yes, you can use unsalted butter. Just add a pinch more salt to the dough.

How do I store these cookies?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Can I freeze the dough?

Absolutely! The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Enjoy baking these Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies! They are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face during the holiday season.

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Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies

Easy Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies

Welcome to our delicious and festive Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies recipe! Perfect for the holiday season, these cookies are not just a treat to the palate but also a joy to the eyes. Made with rich brown butter, a double dose of vanilla, and a touch of chocolate, these cookies are bound to become a holiday favorite.

  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 22 cookies 1x

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Brown 6 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan until nutty brown. Cool in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix remaining butter, cooled browned butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add egg. Gradually add flour, baking soda, and salt to form a dough.
  4. Roll out the dough, cut into shapes, and freeze for 15 minutes.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes until slightly golden. Cool.
  6. For icing, mix powdered sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and water. Spread on cookies.
  7. Decorate with melted chocolate and M&M’s.

Notes

  • For a slice n’ bake version, roll the dough into logs, chill, and slice.
  • Keep dough in the fridge to prevent spreading.
  • Customize with different shapes and decorations.
  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 206 kcal

Keywords: Vanilla Bean Cookies, Christmas Lights Cookies, Holiday Baking

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