December 14, 2017

How to Make Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

A delicious treat for Christmas.

Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

By Holly Wade

If there’s one dessert that screams Christmas to me, it’s cookies. Christmas cookies take me back to decorating them as a kid, but luckily adults can decorate cookies just as well! To celebrate the season, why not turn plain ‘ol stars into colorful Christmas cookie tree stacks covered with sprinkles and edible glitter?! These decorated cookie trees made with star cut-outs are almost too pretty to eat…almost.

Decorate them with your girl friends or with your family or kids! Stacking homemade Christmas sugar cookies can be fun for everyone, especially when it means decorating them with my easy two-ingredient icing. I’m all about soft sugar cookies, so this fool-proof recipe never fails me. The trick is to refrigerate the dough completely before baking so that it stays thick and soft. How will you decorate your cookie trees?!

Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks


Cream together the butter and sugar for about one minute

Add in the vanilla and egg and beat until just combined

Slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt to the wet mixture and mix until the flour is incorporated

If it becomes too thick to mix, pull the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and continue to massage with your hands until the flour is completely combined

Roll out the dough flat on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick (thicker is better)

Use descending sizes of star cookie cutters to cut the dough and move shapes to a parchment or silicone mat lined baking sheet. Continue until all of the dough is cut and chill in the fridge for at least one hour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

Once the dough has chilled, bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, checking them often so they don’t overcook. Remove when they begin to brown very lightly on the edges and cool completely on a wire rack

To make the icing, sift the powdered sugar into a bowl

Whisk in 1 tbsp milk, adding more as needed until the mixture is just thin enough to dip cookies (it should drip off the whisk but not be liquid) and mix in green food coloring until desired color is reached

Sort the cookies by size and choose the cookie stacks. Each stack will have about 8 cookies with two cookies of each sized star.

Starting with the largest size on the bottom, carefully dip the top of the cookie into the icing and let the excess drip off. Set on the baking sheet and repeat with the next cookie, carefully placing it on top of the other one so that the points of the stars do not line up.

Repeat with all cookies, stacking them to create a tree shape. Before the icing dries (which is quickly) top with colorful sprinkles and other decorations, or use icing to secure a small star upright on top of a stack.

Store cookie stacks in the fridge until about 10 minutes before serving to preserve the icing. If storing un-iced cookies, keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

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  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • Other Supplies:
  • Star cookie cutters in descending sizes, 4-5 variations
  • Green food coloring
  • Sprinkles, edible glitter and other decorations

The Countdown is On

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Have a great rest of your day and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!


  1. Sarah says:

    These are too cute! The family would be so impressed if I rocked up with one of these this christmas! Might have to give it a go!

    Sarah 🙂

  2. Go for it, Sarah! 🙂

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