Easy Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

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These cute and easy shortbread Christmas tree cookies are perfect for baking with kids
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These cute and easy shortbread Christmas tree cookies are
perfect for baking with kids – enjoy these yummy Christmas cookies
for a fun festive treat at home or pack them up to give as
gifts!

Easy Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies recipe - fun Christmas cookies for kids to make

Christmas is just around the corner, and this year Christmas
baking is more popular than ever! With so many of us spending
Christmas apart from our families this year, there’s never been a
better time to whip up some lovely festive treats to enjoy at home
or to send as gifts to family and friends.

Cute and easy Christmas cookies - shortbread Christmas trees recipe

With this in mind I’ve been testing some fun festive Christmas
cookie recipes for you, and these cute shortbread Christmas tree
cookies are one of my favourites so far.

They’re really quick and easy to make, and the simple stylized
decorations are simple enough for beginners and experienced bakers
alike. The simple triangles of shortbread are decorated with
zigzags of icing and lashings of sprinkles – easy peasy!

Cute and easy Christmas tree shortbread cookies recipe for kids

I used a mixture of sprinkles to decorate my Christmas tree
cookies. They’re perfect for using up whatever sprinkles you have
in the back of a cupboard, or a great excuse to buy some new ones
(you can never have too many sprinkles, right?!).

I also topped my cookies with chocolate stars that I sprayed
silver with edible lustre. These are optional, but I think they
finished the shortbread trees off beautifully, and my boys were
very excited about them!

How to make quick and easy Christmas tree cookies - fun festive baking recipe for kids

Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

Ingredients (makes approx. 16 cookies)

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 125g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • green gel food colouring
  • 375g plain flour

To decorate:

  • 150g icing sugar
  • green gel food colouring
  • star shaped chocolates (I used Milky Way Magic Stars)
  • edible lustre gold or
    silver spray
  • assorted sprinkles of your choice

Method:

Preheat your oven to 160°C (Gas mark 2/325°F). Line 2 baking
trays with baking paper.

Pop the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl, then whisk
together with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.

Add the vanilla extract and green gel food colouring and whisk
again until well combined.

Sieve in the flour.� Whisk again until the mixture comes
together to form a dough (You may need to pull the dough together
with your hands as it’s quite crumbly).

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to around 1cm
thick.  Cut a triangle from thick card and use as a template to cut
the dough into triangles. My triangles were approx. 10cm x 6cm in
size.

Carefully transfer to the baking trays, then bake for around 15
minutes until golden.

After removing from the oven, leave the cookies to cool on the
baking trays for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a
cooling rack to finish cooling. Be careful, these cookies are very
soft and crumbly whilst still warm.

How to make easy Christmas tree cookies - step 1 cool on a cooling rack

Whilst the cookies are cooling, pop the chocolate stars onto a
piece of baking paper and spray generously with the edible gold or
silver lustre. I used silver as I had some left from a previous
project, but I think gold would look beautiful too.

How to make easy Christmas tree cookies - step 2 spray chocolate stars silver or gold

Once the cookies are completely cool, make the icing:

Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl then add the food colouring
with a splash of water. Stir well until the sugar has dissolved and
the icing is completely green. Add a little more water if needed to
get the correct consistency of icing – it should be a thick paste
suitable for piping.

Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a thin round piping tip
(if you don’t have a piping tip, just use a disposable piping bag
or even a freezer bag, and snip off the tip for piping).

Pipe a zig zag pattern onto each cookie to make a Christmas
tree.

How to make easy Christmas tree cookies - step 3 pipe a zig zag of green icing over the triangle cookie

Working quickly, top with sprinkles of your choice to decorate.
I used mini rainbow chocolate beans, hundreds and thousands and
silver and white sugar pearls.

How to make easy Christmas tree cookies - step 4 decorate cookies with sprinkles

Finish each cookie with a chocolate star, then leave the icing
to dry and set.

How to make easy Christmas tree cookies - step 5 finish with chocolate stars

Once the icing has completely dried, you can store the cookies
in an airtight container, layered with baking paper to separate
them, until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe idea, you might also like these fun
festive bakes and makes:


Penguin Stained Glass Cookies


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Shortbread Snowman Cookies


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Marshmallow Penguins


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Or for more fun recipes and ideas for the festive season, check
out the Christmas Food
section
 here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my
Christmas Pinterest boards for lots more fun ideas from around the
web; ChristmasCute
Christmas Food Ideas
 and Healthy
Christmas Food
.

Happy baking!

Grace

Print Easy Shortbread Christmas Tree
Cookies

This cute and easy Christmas Tree Cookies recipe is perfect
for baking with kids. Enjoy as a fun treat or pack up for homemade
gifts.
Course Dessert, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine British, Christmas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Author Grace Hall
Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 125 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • green gel food colouring
  • 375 g plain flour
To decorate:

  • 150 g icing sugar
  • green gel food colouring
  • star shaped chocolates I used Milky Way Magic Stars
  • edible lustre gold or silver spray
  • assorted sprinkles of your choice
Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 160°C (Gas mark 2/325°F). Line 2 baking
    trays with baking paper.
  • Pop the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl, then whisk
    together with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and green gel food colouring and whisk
    again until well combined.
  • Sieve in the flour.  Whisk again until the mixture comes
    together to form a dough (You may need to pull the dough together
    with your hands as it’s quite crumbly).
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to around 1cm
    thick.  Cut a triangle from thick card and use as a template to cut
    the dough into triangles. My triangles were approx. 10cm x 6cm in
    size.
  • Carefully transfer to the baking trays, then bake for around
    15 minutes until golden.
  • After removing from the oven, leave the cookies to cool on the
    baking trays for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a
    cooling rack to finish cooling. Be careful, these cookies are very
    soft and crumbly whilst still warm.
  • Whilst the cookies are cooling, pop the chocolate stars onto a
    piece of baking paper and spray with the edible gold or silver
    lustre.
  • Once the cookies are completely cool, make the icing:
  • Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl then add the food colouring
    with a splash of water. Stir well until the sugar has dissolved and
    the icing is completely green. Add a little more water if needed to
    get the correct consistency of icing – it should be a thick paste
    suitable for piping.
  • Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a thin round piping tip
    (if you don’t have a piping tip, just use a disposable piping bag
    or even a freezer bag, and snip off the tip for piping).
  • Pipe a zig zag pattern onto each cookie to make a Christmas
    tree.
  • Working quickly, top with sprinkles of your choice to
    decorate. I used mini rainbow chocolate beans, hundreds and
    thousands and silver and white sugar pearls.
  • Finish each cookie with a chocolate star, then leave the icing
    to dry and set.
  • Once the icing has completely dried, you can store the cookies
    in an airtight container, layered with baking paper to separate
    them, until ready to serve.

Love this fun cookie recipe? Why not save it to Pinterest so you
can easily find it again!

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