Use a cut-out cookie recipe (recipe follows) or a packaged cut-out cookie mix. Important: Some packaged sugar cookie dough may not provide the desired results; extra flour may be needed. Be sure to use a recipe that will bake crisp cookies. Add green food coloring to the dough before rolling and cutting so you won’t have to ice the entire cookie. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container before assembling.
Makes 6 3-D tree cookies (5 x 4 inches)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 12-18 minutes
Note: The dough must be refrigerated at least 2 hours before cutting into shapes. Recipe may be cut in half.
Courtesy of Cookies Cubed
4 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature (do not substitute)
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons water (or orange juice or lemon juice)
Green food coloring
Christmas tree cookie cutter by Cookies Cubed or your own cutter
1. Mix dry ingredients (except sugar) in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, water (or juice) and green food coloring.
3. Add dry ingredient mixture and mix on low until thoroughly combined. Add a little more liquid if needed to make the dough pliable.
4. Roll dough 3/16-inch thick directly on parchment paper. Flour the cutters often to keep dough from sticking. Cut tree shapes and lift the unusable dough from around the cutout tree pieces. Place trees on cookie sheet.
5. Heat oven to 325°F. Bake for 15-18 minutes, depending on how large the cookies are, or until cookies start to brown lightly on edges. Cool slightly and remove from cookie sheet. Cut tree shapes in half lengthwise. Cool completely before assembling.
6. Make Wilton’s Royal Icing
The trees were made using the Cookies Cubed 3-D Christmas Tree cutter set. For more decorating ideas, visit fancyflours.com
To assemble the trees:
1. For each tree you will need two cookies. (One cut in half.)
2. Using royal icing, or green decorating icing in a tube that will harden when dry, squeeze icing along cut half of the tree and adhere it to one side of the whole cookie. Repeat with other half, creating a 3-D look.
3. Let cookies rest until the icing has had a chance to dry and harden. You can use all different kinds of candies to decorate your trees. Icing along the boughs will look like snow.
Written and styled by Jacqueline deMontravel
Produced by Diane Sedo
Photography by Mark Tanner