Christmas Tree Cutout Sugar Cookies
is a festive holiday cookie to make with the kids for cookie exchanges and add it to your holiday cookie tray.
Sugar cookies seem to be the favorite cookie of choice during holiday season which is why I like to make it when cooking with the kids. They love to eat the cookies that break when they are decorating. Everyone can decorate their own cookie to #FillTheCookieJar this month.
Lay out everything from candies to sprinkles and sugar glazes then let the games begin. It’s a fun afternoon to make memories that will last a lifetime.
I used a basic sugar cookie recipe to make Christmas Tree Cutout Sugar Cookies. You certainly can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or you can also use a prepared sugar cookie dough, roll it out for the kids and they can cut out their favorite shapes and then bake.
That’s when the magic happens and you have a cookie jar full of ‘designer’ cookies the kids will be so proud to share with everyone.
To decorate the cookies you can use a basic sugar glaze using confectioners sugar and water. Or make a royal icing style which is what I made using corn syrup in place of meringue powder. The corn syrup made the glaze shiny and it gives the cookie a nice crunch as well. We couldn’t take more decorating photos because our hands were covered in sticky sugar glaze.
The recipe I used for the Christmas Tree Cutout Sugar Cookies is ‘Sugar Cookies’ from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. My grandson looked up the recipe he wanted to try and that’s what we made. This cookie dough needs to be chilled in advance. I prepared the dough in the morning so it had time to chill.
The ingredient list included cream of tartar which I never used in a cookie before but I was in uncharted waters here so I prepared the recipe exactly as written.
This recipe yields approximately 5 dozen 2 or 2 1/2 inch cookies. You can save half the dough for another day of cooking with the kids and make different holiday shaped cookies.
- 1½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2½ cups AP flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- Using an electric mixer and a large bowl beat together the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Using a wooden spoon stir in the dry ingredients until everything is blended. Chill for 2 hours.
- Divide the dough in half and roll out each half ¼ inch thick on lightly floured surface.
- Use 2 - 2½ inch cookie cutters and cut out desired shapes place on prepared cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes or until the cookies are a light brown color on the edges.
- Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes then remove and cool on wire rack before decorating.
Holiday cookie baking with my mom, sisters, aunts and cousins has been a family tradition as far back as I can remember. I’ve continued the tradition with my girls when they were growing up and today I’m still baking with my girls and now with my grandsons.
Being in the kitchen with the kids is my favorite pastime. They are so willing to learn and they love making a mess which is so much fun for me. Boys are a little more – oh what’s the word, ‘passionate’ than girls so things can get a bit heated. The best part is we have so much fun and they know when it’s time to stop and clean up begins.
I hope you have a chance to make cookies with kids this season and make new memories. These are memories that last through the generations.