If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas cookie idea, these fun Christmas trees put a festive twist on a classic sugar cookie. If you’re pinched for time, you could easily use a sugar cookie mix (this one by Betty Crocker is my fave!). Storebought rolls of dough would work, also.
If you’ve been watching a marathon of Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network and you reeeeeeally wanna make some homemade sugar cookies, this recipe is SUPER simple. (and oh so delicious!) Scratch the itch of that holiday baking bug and make these for your friends and neighbors.
Sugar cookie Christmas trees
- 2 3/4 cup All Purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3.5 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 drops green gel food coloring
- 18 candies Small stars for top
- 1 bag Piping bag with star tip
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set Aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture, mix until just combined.
- Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until a soft dough is formed.
- Roll the sugar cookie dough into small sized balls, create sets of 3 different sizes, one larger, one medium, and one small to create your tree. The biggest cookie should be about 1 ½ inches wide.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes, until cookies are turning golden brown near the bottom. Allow cookies to cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Frosting
- In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and green food coloring.
- Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing well with each addition.
- Add more green food coloring, if necessary, to get your desired shade of green, 1-2 drops at a time.
- Add frosting to a cake decorator, or use a piping bag with a star tip. Add a small amount of frosting to the larger cookie, add the medium on top, and repeat to add the smaller cookie. Finish with one last bit of frosting. Add your star sprinkles to the top of your tree. Repeat for all of the cookies.
Happy Holidays, guys! And happy baking.
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