Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies


Just one look, that's all it took....
Just one look, that's all it took...
Just one look, that's all it took...
and I knew I would be making these darling, little Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies mine!  

Cathy at Wives with Knives posted the cutest little Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies this week.  There wasn't a question about whether or not I would be making them.  She posted Sunday.  I made them Monday!  I was really excited to give them a try but it was a change from the usual cookie cutter sugar cookies.  Change doesn't always come without question....When I mentioned the change, my daughter's face told the story..."no frosting!?  Well, I hope they are going to be sweet!"  Hmmm...me too!

I compared my sugar cookie recipe to Cathy's and noticed only two slight differences.  She used 1/4 cup of sugar more than me, she used baking soda, and a different baking temperature and time.  So, after mixing it about in my mind for a few minutes I decided to increase the sugar on my recipe and I adjusted the baking temperature and time.


The process is one of dividing the dough and adding color.  Then the dough is layered in a loaf pan which is lined with parchment.  One thing to remember is that the depth of the layers will equal the size of the cookies. Cathy explains the process in detail, here.  A quarter inch slice is taken from the slab of dough.  Triangles are then cut from the slice.  A red base is added to each triangle tree.

They are then dipped into sanding sugar and baked.



Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

Preheat oven:  375°
Bake time:  7-9 minutes

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, (2 sticks) at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp cream/milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Sift flour with baking powder and salt and set aside.

Cream butter, gradually add sugar, creaming well.  Stir in egg, cream, and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients.  Chill if necessary.

Divide dough in half. Add green food coloring to one of the halves.  Blend well.
Divide the second half into two parts.  Leave one part plain.  Add red food coloring to the other and blend well.  Use enough food coloring to make vibrant colors.  The colors tend to fade during baking.

Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the cookies at 375° for 7-9 minutes.

PRINTABLE RECIPE



The cookies are heavenly little morsels that are fun to make and a great addition to Christmas cookie platter!


I am sending this over to Michael at Designs by Gollum for the weekly Foodie Friday!  


Thank you for being such a gracious hostess, Michael!

27 comments:

  1. Ooh I saw them too..you did a fabulous job! so cute!!

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  2. Your cookies are perfect, Kate. Isn't that a fun recipe? I'll be making these little trees every Christmas from now on. And don't forget that this technique makes the cutest candy corn you've ever seen. Thanks so much for the link back to my blog.

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  3. They are just absolutely adorable

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  4. These are adorable with a capital A! I must put them on my list for next Christmas.

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  5. Oh Cathy and Kate--no time to make this next year but next year for sure because I love the look.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  6. Your cookies are really cute! Love the colours!

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  7. I saw these at Cathy's too. So cute. Hope I get time to make them , tick tock!
    Yours look adorable!

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  8. Those are so cute. I'm not baking any this Christmas- hubby's request not mine...but I'll sure try them next year.

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  9. These look amazing!! I love them!

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  10. Oh my! These are FANTASTIC! Hope to get a blog post up spotlighting the coolest Christmas ideas I've seen this season, and this will definitely be on the list. Also reviewed on StumbleUpon. Best...Susan

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  11. These are extremely cute Christmas cookies! Unique in the way they're made, they look like little sculptures. Love them! Wonderful blog you have here!

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  12. These are the cutest Christmas cookies ever--what a great technique! ;-)

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  13. They are so cute and festive! I have my vacation starting now, so I can finally get some time to bake! Great cookie!

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  14. The Christmas Trees are darling - but I would make it with the Ginger recipe.... I dearly love ginger in cookies.... and everything!

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  15. What darling cookies! And what a clever way to cut them. I'm thinking about how to do this without wheat flour...I'll keep you posted.

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  16. You did a wonderful job with the cookies. They are unique and a great addition to the cookie platter. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  17. I love your adorable looking festive cookies. Just wonderful. I'm going to try them but using my skinny sugar cookie recipe!

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  18. I love soft sugar cookies(: Much better than hard ones. They look amazing!

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  19. Your cookies are perfect, Kate! Am sure they were perfectly delicious! They really do look amazing!

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  20. Cathy came a visitn' and brought me a plate of these lovelies. Oh so good! And aren't they so pretty and festive.

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  21. How stinkin' cute these little cookies are!! And I'm sure they taste wonderful!
    So glad you came for a visit...so I could visit you!
    Merry Christmas!
    Lilly

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  22. I am glad you linked these up to the 100 days till Cmas meme. I didn't get a chance to make them last year, and I want to give them a try! They look so festive.

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  23. Adorable cookies Kate! I remember seeing the candy corn ones-fun:@)

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  24. These are sooo cute! Love them. Thanks for linking them on The Christmas Smorgasbord! Have a great weekend. :)

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  25. Great idea!! I need to try this next year~

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