Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

by Cathy on December 12, 2010

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.

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Sue September 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Yes, GENIUS!

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LunaCafe December 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm

LOVE these!Thanks so much for sharing! …Susan

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Nicisme December 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Oh how cute! I love them, made me feel all festive!

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Karen @ Mignardise December 18, 2010 at 2:03 am

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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Adrienne December 17, 2010 at 1:55 am

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!
~Adrienne~

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Kathleen December 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Cathy, these are some of the cutest Christmas cookies ever!

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Vittle me this... December 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

wow these look amazing!

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Erin December 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Your cookies are adorable! How festive and they taste so yummy! = o)

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pigpigscorner December 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Genius! So cute!

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Barbara December 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm

You are so clever, Cathy! I love this idea.

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Red Couch Recipes December 14, 2010 at 5:38 am

Cathy, these are soooo cute and so clever. Joni

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Erica December 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm

…..so cute what a great idea!!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and great photo's.
Enjoy your day…..:-)

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From the Kitchen December 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm

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.

Best,
Bonnie

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The Japanese Redneck December 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Very pretty! A cute idea.

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Cherine December 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Beautiful Christmas tree cookies.. those would make a great gift.

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Velva December 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm

These are most definitely some cute Christmas cookies.

Happy baking. Cheers.

Velva

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Rita December 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

You are a genious; these look amazing!

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Raina December 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Beautiful Christmas trees! What a great idea:)

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Mary December 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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

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Red Nomad OZ December 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

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!!

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Chow and Chatter December 13, 2010 at 4:46 am

wow these are adorable :-)

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A Feast for the Eyes December 13, 2010 at 4:10 am

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.

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ann December 13, 2010 at 2:29 am

Genius. I love these cookies.

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BonjourRomance December 13, 2010 at 2:11 am

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.
Mimi

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Kathleen December 13, 2010 at 1:47 am

You are a clever wife with knife! I bet the gkids would love them, they are so cute!

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Marilyn December 13, 2010 at 1:33 am

When I saw the picture I said they reminded me of your candy corn. Such a clever idea and they are so cute.

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GardenofDaisies December 13, 2010 at 12:46 am

CUTE!!! This is a fantastic idea! LOVE It!!!!!

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teresa December 12, 2010 at 11:12 pm

these are so cute! i love how vibrant the colors turned out.

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen December 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Brilliant adaptation, Cathy! They're adorable!

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Sophie December 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Waw, Cathy!! Festive cookies!!

You always have the greatiest ideas!

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Pam December 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

They are so cute and festive Cathy!

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Vickie December 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

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

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Rettabug December 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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. :*(

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Kris December 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

What a great idea Cathy! I think will do this with my grands!

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JG December 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm

What great little trees! A wonderful idea using your Candy Corn recipe.
~Judy

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bellini valli December 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Thse look like so much fun Kathleen!!!!

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Karen December 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Really cute :)

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PeggyR December 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Those look really good!

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My Carolina Kitchen December 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Cathy, your cookies are adorable. Cookies will certainly get one in the Christmas spirit.
Sam

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Kate December 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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

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ARLENE December 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm

That was ingenious. As a quilter, I've used that technique often to speed piece.

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Martha December 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Those are really cute! I may try these too — the candy corn was certainly easy and fun!

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EliFla December 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Thank you..this is a wonderful idea….. thanks for tips…have a nice Sunday, ciao Flavia

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Julie December 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

So cute!! I bookmarked your Halloween cookies but never got around to making them. Maybe this time!

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La Table De Nana December 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Great idea! So cute!!

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Susan December 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Clever and sweet. Especially very attractive to little hands.

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Jane December 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

They are very cute! What a great idea. Easter eggs would be cute too.

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