Stacking Sugar Cookie Trees

Stacking Sugar Cookie Trees

Stack these delicious and easy sugar cookies into a tree for festive fun!



52 mins

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Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 16 oz. can vanilla frosting
  • Sprinkles to decorate

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add egg, orange zest and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients until well mixed. Divide dough in half and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Using a 5-piece nesting star-shaped cookie cutter set, cut out cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3

To assemble trees, ice cookies with desired frosting. Stack cookies starting with the largest star cookie and ending with the smallest star cookie. Turn cookies a quarter turn between each new cookie stacked to create branches. For taller trees use multiples of some sizes of cookies for each tree.

Step 4 :: Helpful Hints

Cookies can be made in advance and stored (without icing) for up to one month in the freezer.

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.