Stacking Sugar Cookie Trees
Stack these delicious and easy sugar cookies into a tree for festive fun!
Total cook time
- 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
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.
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.
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.