Sugar Cone Spruce Trees Recipe
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Sugar Cone Spruce Trees Recipe

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I capitalized on the idea at Christmastime by sprucing up ice cream cones to fashion some frosted firs. I made these for a school Christmas party.—Carla Harris, Trenton, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 8 sugar ice cream cones
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting, divided
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Assorted candy decorations

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 320 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Using a serrated knife, carefully score and cut ice cream cones to desired heights. In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup frosting and confectioners' sugar; tint green. Set remaining frosting aside.
  2. Cut a hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert star tip #77. Fill with green frosting. Pipe frosting in overlapping rows over cones. Decorate with candies.
  3. When frosting on trees is dry, spread white frosting over a large serving platter to resemble snow. Arrange trees on frosted platter. Yield: 8 trees.
Originally published as Sugar Cone Spruce Trees in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p40

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I made these for a my gingerbread house and put them on the side of the house. Great idea! I'm also going to use this recipe for the top of a cake along with the sled idea in the picture!"

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