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Trim the Tree With Treats: Decorated Christmas Tree Cookies

Christmas is almost here, which means cookies are probably on your to-do list. Every year I make several types of cookies, but decorated cookies have always been my favorite. There is something so special about a plate of beautifully decorated cookies.

Learn how to make these adorable Christmas tree cookies just in time for the holidays.

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One of the most important things to remember when decorating cookies is to be creative and use your imagination. This is just one example of how to decorate a Christmas tree cookie.  Don’t be afraid to change up the design to make a cookie that is completely your own.

To decorate these cookies you will need:

  • Christmas tree cut-out cookies (if you don’t have a favorite recipe, you can find mine here)
  • Dark green royal icing in piping and flood consistencies (here’s a great recipe for royal icing)
  • Light green royal icing in piping and flood consistencies
  • Red flood consistency royal icing
  • Brown flood consistency royal icing (make sure it’s a little on the thicker side so it does not run off the cookie)
  • White piping consistency royal icing
  • Candy stars
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Couplers
  • #2 pastry tips
  • Icing bottles

Step 1:

Using a #2 tip, outline the cookie in sections as pictured below. Begin with lime green icing and outline the top section.  Next use darker green to outline the middle. Pipe the bottom section last.

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Step 2:

Once the cookie is outlined, flood the top portion of the tree. Quickly drop in dots of red flood icing while the icing is still wet.  It is important to add the dots soon after flooding so that they will be flush with the green layer.

Repeat the following steps for the remaining sections. Wait at least ten minutes between sections so that the colors don’t run together.

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Step 3:

Use brown flood icing to fill the trunk. At this point, let the cookie dry. This can take anywhere from four to twenty-four hours, depending on your climate.  If you live in an area with high humidity, cookies often take longer to dry.

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Step 4:

Once the cookie is dry, add a candy star topper. Use a small dot of lime green piping icing to attach a star to the top of the tree.  If you don’t feel comfortable using your fingers, tweezers work well also.

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Step 5:

Finish up by piping white dots all over the tree with a #2 tip. This is a great way to add visual interest and it also serves as a handy coverup for any sneaky air bubbles that might pop up.

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Step 6:

Package the cookies to give to friends, or display on a platter for your next holiday party. Cookies decorated with royal icing dry semi-hard, so they stack very well without damaging the icing on the bottom layer.

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Baking tip: Presentation is everything. Many stores carry great cookie packaging around the holidays. Search local big box and dollar stores for beautiful, budget-friendly containers.

Show up on to work or on the neighbor’s doorstep with decorated Christmas cookies, and they’ll love you forever!

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8 Comments

Judie Laughlin

Love all these holiday ideas! Making decorated nutter butter Santa’s today.

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Judie Laughlin

Love all these holiday ideas! Making decorated nutter butter Santa’s today.

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Judie Laughlin

Love all these holiday ideas! Making decorated nutter butter Santa’s today.

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Becky Meyer

I love this cookie cutter design but can’t find it anywhere…can you please tell me where I can purchase a tree cookie cutter just like the one you used here. Thanks so much!

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Lucy

the same as above, where did you get this cookie cutter? would love to have it on hand. Thank you so much.

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Laurel

I am also wondering where to get these cookie cutters. They are an adorable shape. Please let us know

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Sweet Sugarbelle

This is actually a vintage plastic Hallmark cutter. They are still very easy to find on Ebay =)

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