These Christmas tree sugar cookies are the perfect addition to any Christmas party! They’re easy to make, look amazing, and are so delicious – your family and friends will be asking for the recipe!
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
For the cookies
Butter to grease the parchment paper, 165g plain flour plus extra for dusting the pan, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp baking soda, 10 tbsp Unsalted butter, 135g Granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract, green food gel use to your preference of green.
For the frosting
120g Icing sugar, 2 tsp milk, 3 tbsp butter, ½ tsp vanilla extract, green food gel a darker shade than your cookie, cookie sprinkles, and pretzels sticks.
To make the cookies
Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C. Use a 9-inch cake pan or a springform pan and line it with parchment paper then butter the parchment paper. Lightly dust the pan with flour and shake any loose flour out.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda, then set aside. Using either a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until combined. Next, mix in the egg, then mix in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mix and then add the green food gel (to the desired level of greenness). Scrape down the bowl.
Transfer the dough to your prepared pan and using a palate knife spread the dough so it rests evenly. Bake for 14 – 15 minutes. When cooked, remove from the oven, if you find the sides are a little higher than the centers, use the bottom of a glass to gently flatten them.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely in the pan. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cookie that is still in the pan to loosen it, invert the cookie onto a cutting board if you used a cake pan, or remove the ring of the springform pan. Then, cut the cookie into 8 triangles and cut the rounded ends off.
To make the frosting
Using a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, icing sugar, milk, butter, vanilla extract, and green food gel, you’ll want the green to be a shade darker than the cookie color. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag with a thin piping tip or a freezer bag with the tip snipped off.
Pipe a zig-zag pattern over the cooled cookies, you’ll need to be quick when adding the sprinkles to the piped icing. Use large star sprinkles, hundreds and thousands, sugar pearls, gold balls, or whatever you prefer. Gently press a pretzel ‘trunk’ into the bottom of each cookie.
Enjoy your cookie and Merry Christmas!
For more information and other fantastic Christmas cookie recipes, see https://www.splashoftaste.com/christmas-tree-sugar-cookies/