As the weather is getting nicer this Spring, we find ourselves outdoors more and more. Entertaining outdoors is always extra special if you string up some lights and add colorful lanterns. Lanterns come in all shapes and colors and really add a lot to your party decor. Whip up a set of Under the Lights cookies to add to the joyous atmosphere. To make our lantern cookies, we pulled out some Christmas ornament cookie cutters with similar shapes. We started with a traditional round ball shape, added a tear-drop shape, and finished off the set with a lamp-shaped cookie cutter to create a variety of lanterns. Swap out colors and patterns and you can create an infinite number of under the lights cookies!

Supplies needed for Under the Lights cookies

Supplies for Under the Lights

Steps to make plaque cookie

Outline plaque for Under the Lights
First, start by outlining the plaque using a pipe consistency icing.
Flood plaque for Under the Lights
Next, fill the cookie with flood consistency icing and allow it to dry for at least 15 minutes.
Light string for Under the Lights
Using pipe consistency icing, pipe a string of lights at the top and the words “Under the Lights” in the middle of the plaque.
Add lanterns on Under the Lights
Finally, finish the cookie but piping different colored lanterns at the top.

Steps to make lantern cookies

To begin, outline the shape of a lantern on the ornament cookie:

Blue outline for Under the Lights
Red outline for Under the Lights
Yellow outline for Under the Lights

Next, fill cookie with flood consistency icing:

Blue flood for Under the Lights
For ribs of lanterns, add grey lines while the icing is still wet.
Red fill for Under the Lights
Yellow fill for Under the Lights
Add dots in different colors while the icing is still wet.

Finally, add fun details to make the lanterns come to life:

Blue lantern Under the Lights
Pipe lines for the lantern sections and hook at the top.
Red Lantern Under the Lights
Pipe tassels at the bottom.
Yellow Lantern Under the Lights
Pipe fringe.


Table Setting Under the Lights

These cookies are fun on a platter or wrapped individually at each place setting!

Watch to see how we made the Under the Lights set here: