I ‘m quite late in preparing Christmas cookies this year and simplified my actions making variations on sugar cookies. For this recipe I added the baking powder for more volume!
Today I will present you my Christmas trees I will use a table decoration.
The quantity of dough you need depends on the size of the tree you will make. This post will be a simple input or suggestion for your own creation. This makes a wonderful gift!
Children will love it!
- Sugar cookies dough (see my recipe or take your favorite one)
- Powdered sugar
- Liquid for the glaze: it works with rum, lemon juice, milk or other liquids
- Food coloring
- Sugar pears
- Cookie cutters in star shapes as much size as you get!
- Something for the base of the tree (I used a tuna fish can inverted, but you can use a piece of wood or other support)
- One wooden skewer (not too thin!)
- Decoration for the base (foil, color, decoration tape, ribbon,…)
- Roll out the dough and chill before cutting.
- Cut out the stars beginning from the bigger size. I made two stars with each size, but if you don’t have many sizes you can cut out more.
- Make a small hole with the skewers (turning the skewer in order to make the hole larger)
- Bake according the recipe. Let cool down
- In the meantime prepare your green glaze. I used one cup of powdered sugar, added to color and the liquid (I used rum) stirred and added more until I the glaze had a thick consistence but was not too liquid.
- Prepare the support: I made a hole on the base of a tuna can and inserted the skewer. For stabilization I inserted a cork thong in the inner part and fixed it with hot glue. In 10 minutes in was done.
- I covered the base with aluminum foil before inserting the stars.
- Paint the first stars with a brush or simply with the fingers. The center of the star is not relevant your need to cover the borders of the cookies as well as possible with the glaze.
- Insert the first star into the skewer.
- Now paint the second one and insert it over the first star. They should look staggered!
- Continue in the same way.
- When you are on the top cut the exceeded skew (a scissor was fine for me) letting 1 cm on the top.
- Use two small stars placed vertically to cover the skewer top and make the tree pretty.
- When the green glaze is dry, prepare the white one in the same way, should not be too thin!
- Now let drop the white glaze using a small spoon beginning from the top.
- Quickly add the sugar pearls before the glaze is too hard.
- Let dry and finish to decorate the base eventually with a cute ribbon.