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Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

  • My kids are asking me to make these cookies since Thanksgiving! I love this time of year when we have the reason to make such a cookies and they are so colorful, tasty and really easy to make. So finally today I got to make them, and I can't even explain expression of my children faces when they saw cookies on the kitchen counter top! :)

For Cookie dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough.
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
Remove one half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch (1 cm). Cut out cookies using a lightly floured tree cookie cutter and transfer cookies to the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to chill the dough which prevents the cookies from spreading and losing their shape while baking.


Confectioners Frosting
2 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar), sifted
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

In an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth and well blended.  Add the vanilla extract.  With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar.  Scrape the the sides of the bowl and beater.  Add the milk and beat on high speed until frosting is thick and smooth.

When the cookies are light golden brown, take it out and place on the cookie wire rack or just let them cool down a bit on the parchment paper. Put little bit of frosting and sprinkle with sugar colored crystals - I used red and green, take a sugar frosting and make an imitation of the lights with a few decorating colored sprinkles on top as a representation of lights.


Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!


22 comments:

  1. Beautiful cookies Sandra! The kids must have felt very happy :)

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  2. They are so beautiful and festive. Nothing gets in the Christmas spirit quite like an adorned Christmas tree cookie. Love them!

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  3. What festive looking cookies. I would be happy to see these too and even happier to eat them. Your children are definitely lucky. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

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  4. YOu decorated these beautifully, Sandra! Love them.

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  5. Oh, I want to make these so bad, but do own a Christmas tree cookie cutter? NO!! I am putting that on my Christmas list. Yummy looking cookies...

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  6. Sandra:
    The cookies looks amazingly stunning, they definitely will capture kids' hearts during x'mas time!

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  7. Hi Sandra! These came out well and oh so delicious. I noticed one slight blip on your recipe though:

    "In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside."

    You said salt and I assume you meant baking soda. I did as such (used the baking soda and not salt that is) and my cookies came out great.

    I am writing a blog post on this recipe today and will of course cite you as the source. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thanks Kim for noticing it:)) Salt wasn't even in the ingredients:))) so I just change it!
    Thanks

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  9. these Christmas cookies look delicious! (^_^)

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  10. This just looks so fun to make :) These cookies look lovely :)

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  11. These look yummy! Almost too good to eat--almost. :) I love how you decorated them!

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  12. Look so festive and yummy. Now I am inspired to start my holiday baking.

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  13. Your cookies turned out so well and beautifully decorated. I always made cut out cookies with my kids when they were little. They had so much fun and it makes for fond memories.

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  14. colorful and festive cookies! i'm sure they taste just as lovely :)

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  15. Such pretty cookies! I'm always scared of decorating sugar cookies because my hands aren't very steady. You did a great job!

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  16. Sandra, these cookies are so festive! I can see why your kids couldn't wait to have them! And they look perfect for dunking.

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  17. Sandra it is so nice to be apart of the YBR Round-Up with you. I am saving your recipe for my next years Christmas cookies with my grandchildren. Congraulations on such a wonderful recipe and the tantalizing decorations.

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  18. Hi Sandra, Happy New Year! I love your cookies, they are so pretty, festive and sound like the perfect cookie. Ones I would want to eat year round! Thanks for participating in the YBR. Your new blog design looks good :)

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