3D Christmas Tree Cookies

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I always look forward to cookie baking during the holidays.

In this season of hope and inspiration, magic seems to spill over into every aspect of life, including baking.

You’ll notice cookies are glitzier at Christmas time. Bigger, and often heavily decorated. (Yet not always as tasty.)

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If your not a pastry chef or artist, don’t worry. You can still make inspired cookies that your friends and family will love.

Instead of leaning on decorating skills you may or may not have, why not go for height and dimension?

Making Whimsical 3D Christmas Tree Cookies on ASpicyPerspective that make fantastic edible gifts!

These simple 3D Christmas Tree Cookies look spectacular, yet require very little technique. If you can roll, cut, and stack, you are well equipped.

The key to making marvelous 3D Christmas Tree Cookies is to start with a really good roll-out sugar cookie recipe, like the one you’ll find below.

How to Make 3D Christmas Tree Cookies on ASpicyPerspective that make fantastic edible gifts!

Using at least 4 sizes of star cookie cutters, cut out eight stars per tree. Then cut out a round base and 7 smaller round “connector” cookies. If you have a set of star cutters with more size options, feel free to use them all.

Lay all the cookies on cookie sheets and bake until just barely baked through.

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Once the cookies are cool, whisk together a simple 2-ingredient icing and glue the stars together. Start with the round base on the bottom, followed by 2 of the largest stars with the points offset, working up to two of the smallest stars.

Glue a small round connector cookie in between each star to add height.

Easy 3D Christmas Tree Cookies on ASpicyPerspective that make fantastic edible gifts!

Easy to Make 3D Christmas Tree Cookies on ASpicyPerspective that make fantastic edible gifts!

Once the 3D Christmas Tree Cookies are dry, drizzle more icing over the branches and sprinkle with sugar sprinkles.

Try these Amazing 3D Christmas Tree Cookies on ASpicyPerspective that make fantastic edible gifts!

You can also dip candies in the icing and glue them onto the branches. I used sixlets as ornaments on my trees, but you could use any small candy you like.

Amazing 3D Christmas Tree Cookies on ASpicyPerspective that make fantastic edible gifts!

3D Christmas Tree Cookies make fun edible gifts. Place them in small boxes and hand them out to neighbors and coworkers.

…And best of all, they taste even better than they look!

Easy Whimsical 3D Christmas Tree Cookies on ASpicyPerspective that make fantastic edible gifts!

3D Christmas Tree Cookies

Yield: 12 trees

Prep Time:45 minutes (active time)

Cook Time:7 minutes

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3D Christmas Tree Cookies – An adorable and tasty edible gift idea! Stacked christmas cookie recipe with icing and sprinkles that fits neatly in a gift box.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened (3 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons half & half
  • Sprinkles and candy for decorating

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven 375 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Scrape the bowl with a spatula, and turn the mixer on low. Beat in the salt, eggs, vanilla, and then finally the flour. Once combined, turn the mixer off as to not over-mix. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Once the dough is cold and firm, flour a work surface. Cut the dough in half and roll it out into an even 1/8 inch sheet. Using 4 sizes of star cutters (4 inch, 3 inch, 2 inch, and 1 inch) cut two stars out with each cutter, for each tree, followed by one 1 1/2 inch circle for the base and seven 1/2 circles for the connectors. You should have a total of 8 stars, 7 small connector circles, and one medium base circle per tree. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Place the cookies on the baking sheets 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 6-7 minutes, until the edges are just barely golden. Cool completely on the baking sheets.
  5. Once the cookies are cool, whisk together 2 cups of powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons half & half. The mixture should have the consistency of school glue. If it’s too thick, add a little more half & half.
  6. Use the icing to glue the 1 1/2 inch circles to the bottoms of the largest stars. Then glue a small round “connector” cookie in the middle of the stars and add the second large star on top, shifting the cookie so the points are offset. Continue to stack and shift the points until you have eight star cookies stacked from largest to smallest, to form a tree. Allow them to dry before decorating. (See images above for guidance.)
  7. To decorate: Drizzle the remaining icing over the trees and sprinkle with sugar sprinkles. You could also dip larger candies into the icing and set them on the points. Dry completely before wrapping as gifts.

NOTES: 1) Make sure to cut the cookies close together. The more you gather and reroll the dough, the tougher the cookies will be. 2) You can cut extra stars and connector circles to make some of the trees a little taller.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 trees, Serving Size: 1 tree

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 537 Calories
  • Total Fat: 24.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.2g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg
  • Sodium: 372mg
  • Carbohydrates: 75.1g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sugar: 44.9g
  • Protein: 5.4g
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  6. Mitch Polinoposted August 29, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply

    Sommer, these are adorable ! I think I would be more comfortable if there was a video regarding the assembly . can’t wait to try this .

  7. Pattyposted December 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm Reply

    So simple yet so impressive!

  8. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted December 5, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply

    These are positively darling!! 

  9. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweetposted December 3, 2015 at 9:50 pm Reply

    TOO CUTE! I love this idea!

  10. Nadiaposted December 2, 2015 at 7:02 am Reply

    These are too cute! What a great idea.

  11. Tieghanposted November 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Sommer!! These are so fun! christmas is my all time favorite time of year and I love to bake! These just got added to my list of cookies to bake this season! :)

  12. Marla Meridithposted November 30, 2015 at 8:40 pm Reply

    Sommer! These Christmas cookies are so beautiful!

  13. Lizposted November 30, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply

    SO pretty! Thanks for such a detailed explanation on how to make and put these beauties together!

  14. Maraposted November 30, 2015 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Such a creative Christmas cookie!  My kids will love making these, and so will I.  I hope ours turn out as beautiful and perfect as yours.

  15. Ashaposted November 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm Reply

    They are perfect and simply adorable.  I’ve always wanted to make these, looks so cute.
    xx

  16. Amyposted November 30, 2015 at 10:27 am Reply

    Oh my, these are so cute and unique. Some of my guest would probably feel guilty when eating them.

  17. Mariaposted November 30, 2015 at 10:14 am Reply

    Quite possibly the cutest cookies ever!

  18. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted November 30, 2015 at 9:43 am Reply

    OMG SO FUN! I can’t wait to make these with my kids!

  19. Heather Christoposted November 30, 2015 at 9:41 am Reply

    Really cute cookies! my kids would love to decorate these!

  20. Erikaposted November 30, 2015 at 9:22 am Reply

    Whoa! These are amazing Sommer. This is such a great idea to do with the kids too!