Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

Aren’t these the cutest little Christmas Tree cookies you’ve ever seen? I’ll bet you are scratching your head and wondering “How in the world did she do that?  Is there a fancy new gadget from WS that I’ve missed, a new cookie cutter perhaps or mold that forms the tree with lots of fiddling and frustration involved?” Ha..ha..ha…not this time.
For Halloween I made little sugar cookies using a basic cookie dough and a very simple technique  that produced little multi-colored cookies in the shape of candy corn.  It was one of my most read posts and when I looked at the photos recently I realized that the little shapes would make perfect Christmas trees.  Genius…right?
I divided the prepared cookie dough in half and then cut one of the halves in two so I had three balls of dough.  I mixed green food coloring gel into the large ball, mixed red gel into one of the small balls and left the third ball plain. If you read the candy corn post you will see how to line a loaf pan with parchment paper and layers the colors of dough to produce the desired result.  As you can see in the photo, I layered green dough, then plain, then another layer of green.
When the dough is well chilled remove it from the pan and cut into 1/4 inch slices, then cut the slices into triangle shapes.  Add little red bases to the trees and dip into sanding sugar.  Place on a cookie sheet and decorate with little colored balls. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes.  The candy corn cookie dough recipe called for orange juice and zest. I substituted one teaspoon vanilla in this recipe.


  1. Kate says

    Wow! Cathy, you are amazing. Your cookies are the cutest. Next week is my week to bake cookies. I will give this a try!

  2. Rettabug says

    Oh my gosh….I just ran across at my saved-for-next-year photo of your candy corn cookies this morning (while searching for a different pic) & I NEVER would have thought of doing this! BRAVO on a really BRAINY idea! They're adorable…love the sanding sugar on top. Looks like sparkling snow, which we are getting TONS more of right now. :*(

  3. Vickie says

    These are FABULOUS! My grandson has requested we make cookies during my Christmas visit – guess what we're going to make? :) Thanks, Cathy!

  4. BonjourRomance says

    Bonjour Cathy,
    These are darling cookies. Almost too cute to eat…well, almost!
    THis is a busy week for everyone, hope all is going well for you at your business – which is a perfect one for the season! Wishing you a good week.

  5. A Feast for the Eyes says

    Genius is right. I'm lamenting that my cookie factory, in my own kitchen, is closed. For this year. I can only drool and marvel at all the pretty Christmas cookies I'm seeing. I'll have another Triscuit. Not! Merry Christmas, my friend.

  6. Red Nomad OZ says

    These look sensational! All the same, I'll appreciate them in theory and not in practice! Although … the temptation to really impress my Xmas guests may yet make me change my mind!

    Happy travels!!

  7. Mary says

    It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas :-). These are adorable and very clever, Cathy. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  8. From the Kitchen says

    Very clever and I love the look of them on the plate.

    Re. your comment: Yes, there were a lot of people at the game. Not us! We are not huge sports fans but did watch some of the game. My husband's comment after the game? "Well, the Bears won the second half!!"
    We were glad to be tucked by the fire as the snow fell and the wind howled.


  9. Adrienne says

    Oh, these are so cute in your photos. I loved tasting them yesterday at the tea – thanks for explaining how you made them. If I had been keeping up, I would have seen this and recognized them immediately. They were delicious!

  10. Karen @ Mignardise says

    Totally genius! I loved the candy corn cookies and these are just as cute. You're so smart Cathy! Happy holidays to you!


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