Christmas Tree Cookies

3 dozen

A favorite with kids, these irresistible Christmas tree cookies are made with our Vanilla Cookie Dough, tinted green and yellow (but any colors work). After the green dough is rolled, a cookie cutter is used to stamp out Christmas tree shapes. To create the ornaments, a round pastry tip, like an Ateco #5, is used to cut out small circles, which are then filled with yellow dough, created using the same tip. Fitting the ornaments into the spaces on the tree cookie is like a puzzle, but it's also fun! (Though sharing and eating these festive treats is even better.)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tint dough with food color as desired. Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. Roll out 1 disk on a lightly floured piece of parchment to a 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat with remaining disk. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Using a tree cutter, cut out trees. Using a #12 Ateco pastry tip, cut out ornaments within trees. Working with dough in a contrasting color, use the same rectangular cutter to cut out puzzle pieces that fit within cutouts. Transfer all shapes and pieces to parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Fit puzzle pieces into cookies. Refrigerate 30 minutes more.

  3. Bake until cookies are firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Try one of our cutout cookie variations: Stained-Glass Snowmen, Stained-Glass Wreaths, Sugared Wreaths, Fluted Wreaths, and Cookie Houses.

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