Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

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I need to say this right off the bat. I am no fancy baker. I am a blogger, but while I am a blogger I adore taking photos of food and baking fun treats for my family. Creating fun recipes, and sharing them with you all has quickly become something I look forward to when it comes to blogging. But before moving forward just keep in mind, I’m no professional when it comes to baking or decorating!

I came up with an idea to do Christmas tree cookies and wanted to do Christmas lights on my cookies, but I wasn’t sure what to do. What do you use for the lights? Smarties? Nerds? M&Ms? That’s when I came across Baked Bree‘s post, and she had used mini M&M’s candy for her cupcakes! Genius, so I took inspiration from her and used them on my trees! Be sure to check out her recipe for her cupcakes, they look amazing!

I asked my sister in law if she could share her sugar cookie recipe with me as she makes the best cookies, and I was thrilled when she said yes. They are super easy, and the recipe makes a ton of dough – I had enough left over to freeze!

Again, while I’m no professional, I think these turned out pretty cute. I bought a small Christmas Tree cookie cutter at the Bulk Barn, and although it wasn’t the bigger one I wanted, I think they did turn out pretty cute.

Cookie Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Cookie Directions:

  1. In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder and the salt.
  4. Cover, chill for at least 1 hour (or overnight!)
  5. Preheat your oven to 400F
  6. Roll out dough on floured surface, don’t be afraid to put extra flour on the dough to help roll out smoothly
  7. Roll out dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
  8. Cut into Christmas Tree shapes using cookie cutter
  9. Place cookies one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake 6-8 minutes and cool completely before decorating.


Royal Icing:

In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and the mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

Royal Icing Source: Alton Brown, here.

I found the hardest part was getting the green royal icing to go on precisely what I wanted it and for it to look good. I think for my first try ever using royal icing they turned out pretty well.

For decorating I used: 

  • Black decorating gel (I used the black glitter kind)
  • Mini m&ms

After spreading on your Royal Icing use the black decorating gel to make the Christmas light strings, and add on your mini M&Ms.

My kids had a blast eating them, I however only got to enjoy 1 out of 3 dozen or so that I did make. I’ll be making more during the kids Christmas break just because they were delicious and super cute to look at.

Will you be making anything special for the holidays this year? I can’t wait to make some more for the holidays, and the boys even asked if we could make some for Santa! Perhaps, I think Santa would enjoy these cookies, what do you think?

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies


  • Reply Taylor Aube December 7, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Sugar cookies are by far my favorite cookie! And I love this Christmas theme – these trees look so adorable and the light candies are just perfect !

  • Reply Melissa Chapman December 7, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Great holiday treat and the trees came out so perfect. It is amazing you find time to bake and even get one cookie with all those kids milling around, great job.

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh December 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    They turned out cute! I had my first introduction to royal icing over the weekend….I have to say that it’s not easy to use. I am usually a sugar cookie with buttercream frosting type, but I wanted to go all out this year. It was hard!

  • Reply Brynn December 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

    These are absolutely adorable (and I am sure they are also delicious)! The pictures in this post are GREAT! Way to go!

  • Reply Jodi December 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    My kids would love to make these with me. I’ll definitely bookmark this recipe for when I start baking!

  • Reply Kristina December 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    So cute and they look perfect!!! I want to make these with my kids. We love cookies and baking fun ones around Christmas time!

  • Reply Krystal Butherus December 7, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Your Christmas tree cookies are so cute! They look super easy to make too! I bet they’re yummy!

  • Reply Laura @ MommyDearest December 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Sugar cookies are a must have at Christmas. These Christmas Tree cookies turned out great. I love the little lights on them. You did a great job professional or not.

  • Reply Cassie December 7, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    These are absolutely adorable and would be so fun to whip up with the kids! My niece and nephew are officially on Christmas Holidays so some baking is a must!

  • Reply empowerandhelp December 8, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Yes christmas tree sugar cookies – always in style, and especially kids enjoy the part where you can decorate them with fun and yum :)

  • Reply reesa December 8, 2017 at 9:42 am

    These came out amazing! You claim you aren’t a great baker, but I think you should give yourself more credit! Icing the cookies like that takes skill!

  • Reply Kimberly Lewis December 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

    your cookies are so cute! I don’t think they would last long enough at my house to decorate that cute.

  • Reply Brittany December 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! I would love to whip these bad boys up on Christmas Eve for the kids! They love decorating cookies!

  • Reply Quirky Homemaker December 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    These tree shaped sugar cookies are so cute! I love the m&m lights!

  • Reply Stephanie Pass December 9, 2017 at 3:51 am

    These are absolutely adorable! This would be perfect for our Santa plate this year. My daughter would just love decorating them.

  • Reply Darlene Schuller December 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

    omg these look adorable!! I wish I had some right now there is nothing like shortbread and coffee!!

  • Reply Heather December 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    These are adorable and look like so much fun to make! I’m sure my daughters would want to add sprinkles and a star on top but I think they are the cutest kept simple!

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls December 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    You can’t have the holidays without sugar cookies. They are a classic and such a fun activity to do with the kids. I make them now with my nieces and nephew and enjoy watching them creatively decorate them.

  • Reply Amber Nelson December 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Those are absolutely adorable! I am going to try these. We are always looking for new Christmas cookie recipes to make.

  • Reply Di December 11, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Oh my these look delicious, and what fun kids would have helping to decorate these!!

  • Reply Lynnette Joselly December 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Omg these are the cutest cookie design! They look delicious too!

  • Reply Claudia Blanton December 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    those are so adorable, and easy to make. Thank you – I think you just saved my baking dilemma – I was running out of ideas! Blessings!

  • Reply Rachel December 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Your cookies are so fluffy! They look perfect. I really like the decorations you chose too.

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