Fun 3D Christmas Tree Cookies

The holiday season means sweet treats, especially Christmas cookies. Want to try a twist on the holiday favorite of sugar cookie cut-outs? Check out these adorable 3D Christmas Tree cookies that are fun and easy to make. Think of it as a 2 for 1: an arts and crafts project and a fun baking activity. It is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 C. butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 C. flour
  • green frosting (I used Pillsbury funfetti)
  • holiday sprinkles
  • candy stars
  • 3 star shaped cookie cutters (small, medium and large)
  • star frosting tip
  • disposable piping bag

Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, combine the softened butter. Whip until creamy, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla extra and egg, continue to mix.
  • Sift in the 3 cups of flour and baking powder.
  • The mixture will be stiff so use your hands to finish mixing, if needed.
  • Divide the dough into 3-4 smaller batches.
  • *Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/4" thick.
  • Use the star cookie cutters to cut the same number of stars in each size.
  • Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2" a part.
  • Place the cookies in the oven.
  • Set a timer for 3-4 minutes and remove the cookie sheet from the oven and remove the smallest stars from the cookie sheet.
  • Place the cookie sheet back into the oven.
  • Set the timer for another 2 minutes and then remove the medium size stars.
  • Place the cookie sheet back into the oven for the large stars to finish baking another 2-3 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool.

  • Attach the frosting tip to the disposable piping bag and fill with frosting.
  • Starting with the largest star, generously frost each cookie and stack from largest to smallest.
  • Top the small star cookie with frosting, add a star and holiday sprinkles.
  • Repeat with the rest of the cookies.

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