Gingerbread Sandwich Trees Recipe
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Gingerbread Sandwich Trees Recipe

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Fun and festive, these cookie sandwich trees will be a huge hit with kids of all ages. They're a super-cute holiday treat! —Steve Foy, Kirkwood, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • M&M's minis
  • 3/4 cup vanilla or chocolate frosting
  • Green food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 236 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, ginger and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness.
  3. Cut with a floured 3-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently press M&M's into half of the cookies.
  4. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. If using vanilla frosting, tint green if desired. Spread frosting over the bottoms of plain cookies; top with decorated cookies. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Sandwich Trees in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p57

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 145356
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Just made the cookies and didn't sandwich them - they are so good! The dough was easy to roll out after chilling - and the cookies were delicious."

mikelldn User ID: 103940 145355
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"I made the recipe last year for a party - and everyone raved about them! The dough is easy to work with and very tasty. I have been asked to make them again this year."

Sarayp User ID: 3443637 211197
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I've never made these as sandwiches, I just love the Gingerbread cookies! I've made them for Christmas the last 4 years."

amberosu User ID: 6343053 102973
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"These cookies taste great, and were fun for my 4 year old who loved putting on the M&M's. Instead of vanilla, I made a buttercream icing and added some peppermint extract, the mint with the chocolate of the M&M's added a nice flavor!"

mrsholiday User ID: 6944337 101578
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"These are cute and very easy to make!"

Lisa5 User ID: 4935338 167004
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"My grand-kids and I make cutouts every year. Then as the family gathers for Christmas, we spend an afternoon decorating. Some are fast and furious and others are very detailed. These cookies make it easy for even the littlest fingers to decorate. And they became everyone's favorite this year. The flavor is excellent and the texture was perfect. We also used a cream cheese frosting"

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 211196
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"I made these last year for a cookie exchange and they were a big hit. Easy to put together and decorate since I'm not much into decorating, that was a plus for me. Tasted great. I might try the cream cheese icing this year. Thank's for the tip. Merry Christmas Everyone!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 172769
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I'm not crazy about gingerbread, but these were good. My kids who LOVE gingerbread loved these. There was a lot for the kids to do baking them, so it was also a nice project for us to do."

Heidilulu User ID: 5893636 186304
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I love this recipe. I'm not that big a gingerbread fan and these are great. My husband does like gingerbread cookies and he loves them too. I used a cream cheese-butter icing and chilled it first. They are so cute and easy. I think I'll make them for my kids classes this year."

cmgonzalez2 User ID: 2732626 118336
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"Great with or without frosting. I used cream cheese frosting."

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