Much like sending out Christmas cards, baking cookies for the holidays for friends, family and well, office parties has fallen out of vogue, hasn’t it? So why not take a little extra time this holiday season and make these Christmas tree cookies to give out? I think it is a really sweet way to let those you care about know you did a little extra this holiday season. Plus, you can pop into the dollar store and buy one some of those cute festival tins to put your cookies in that makes it even more impressive.
Prep. Time for Xmas tree cookies: 20 Minutes
Cook Time for Xmas tree cookies: 10 Minutes
Makes: about 30 Xmas tree cookies
Requires: Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 ¼ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup candy covered chocolate bits (or mini m & m’s)
Preheat oven to 400F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the powdered sugar, butter and vinegar.
Mix in the flour, ground ginger, baking soda and salt until coarse crumbs are formed.
Using your hands knead the dough crumbs into a ball. If the dough is too dry, add in some milk or cream 1 teaspoon at a time. Careful not to make it too liquidy or the dough won’t roll out firm enough the use the tree cookie cutter.
Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface.
Roll the dough out to approximately 1/8 inch thick.
Cut out Christmas tree shapes with the cookie cutter. Again, this should make about 30 cookies.
Place on the prepared cookie sheet. You could grease a cookie sheet or use parchment paper.
Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.
Allow to cool a few minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
When the cookies have cooled, place the white chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag.
Seal the bag tightly and place in a bowl of hot water until the chips have melted. See? No need for any fancy baking utensils to melt the white chocolate chips and spread them on the cookies.
Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the Ziploc bag and drizzle the chocolate over the cookies to make it look like a string of lights. What a neat idea is this? It looks just like holiday lights on a tree!
Place the candy coated chocolate bits on the drizzled white chocolate. Expect to have about four pieces of candy per row.
Allow chocolate to set before serving.