I’ve probably said this a few times lately, but can you believe the holidays are already here? It feels like 2016 has flown by (or maybe we all say that every year). Either way, Christmas is coming up quickly and we’re all out to get a taste of our favorite holiday treats. I’m a peppermint-lover and something light and minty always screams Christmas to me. (Remember these Peppermint Madeleines that I made for last year’s Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange?) This year I decided to try a little something new and turn a classic cutout sugar cookie into MINT Christmas tree cookies.
Assemble the Christmas Tree Cookies
I’m a little old-fashioned and I love to decorate all kinds of treats for the holidays, so I turned my star-shaped mint sugar cookies into festive, snowy Christmas tree cookies. This is seriously easy, you guys, I promise. Grab a pack of nesting start cookie cutters, like these. I picked the four smallest ones for my cookies, and cut out two stars of the 3 larger sizes and three stars of the smallest size per tree. (Does that make sense?) Once your cookies are baked and cooled completely, whip up a batch of this easy cookie glaze and put it in a piping bag…or ziploc bag, let’s be real. Then, all you do is layer! Squeeze a bit of glaze in the center of the largest cookie, stack the other large cookie on top, and then repeat until you have one small star left.
Top Your Christmas Tree Cookies and Add a Little Snow
Dip the “base” of your tree topper star in glaze and top off the tree. You’ll have to hold the top star in place until the glaze hardens, but it only takes a few minutes. Once the star is safely topping your sugar cookie tree, pipe some glaze around the base of the star and let it drip down the sides. Optional: sprinkle with Christmas-colored sparkle sugar while the glaze is till tacky. And there you have it!
Mint Sugar Cookies
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1/2 cup Shortening
- 1 cup Sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 - 1 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
- Cream together softened butter, shortening, and sugar.
- Add eggs, baking soda, cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract.
- Add flour a little at a time.
- Once dough is formed, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes (stars if you're making Christmas trees).
- Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.