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Gingerbread Sandwich Trees

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
    about 2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large 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


  • Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. In another bowl, whisk flour, pie spice, baking soda, ginger and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, until easy to handle, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. 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. Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • If using vanilla frosting, tint with green food coloring if desired. Spread frosting over bottoms of plain cookies; covered with decorated cookies. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich cookie: 230 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • ChrisD1717
    Dec 6, 2017

    I started my Christmas baking and completely forgot about these awesome cookies. Made a couple of years ago and everyone loved them. So I was thrilled to find this recipe. Will make again this year. I like the fact that there is little decorating. Look great; tastes even better and so easy to make. Thank you for a great recipe. Happy Holidays to all.

  • germanycook
    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
    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
    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
    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!

  • jjarka
    Nov 30, 2012

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  • mrsholiday
    Nov 28, 2012

    These are cute and very easy to make!

  • Lisa5
    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
    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
    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.