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Stacked Christmas Tree Cookies

Using prepared cookie dough gives you a nice head start to your own little forest of Christmas trees. Get the kids involved in this holiday craft to keep them busy making memories.—Sue Draheim, Waterford, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 cookies


  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 9 unwrapped Rolo candies
  • Necco wafer candies
  • Smarties candies
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Water
  • Green colored sugar and red nonpareils


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place cookie dough in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature to soften, 5-10 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add flour; beat until blended.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Using a floured 2-in. round cookie cutter, cut out 18 cookies. Repeat with 1-1/2-in. and 1-in. round cookie cutters. For remaining dough, use a floured 1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out 8 stars.
  • Sprinkle round cookies with colored sugar. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are light brown, 6-9 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For each Christmas tree, pipe frosting on top of a Rolo candy for a trunk; top with a 2-in. cookie. Pipe frosting on top and bottom of a Necco wafer; place in center of cookie. Top with another 2-in. cookie. Repeat layers with two 1-1/2-in. cookies and two 1-in. cookies, using Smarties between the smaller layers.
  • For stars, color a small amount of frosting yellow and pipe onto cookie; attach to the top of each tree using additional frosting. Thin remaining frosting with water; drizzle over edges. Decorate with nonpareils.
Nutrition Facts
1 Christmas tree (calculated without decorations): 466 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 278mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • peanutsnona76
    Dec 10, 2017

    Read the recipe. It says clearly to separate the cookie layers with the gumdrops with the frosting piped on them to help them adhere. Cute recipe-kids love it!

  • aal1948
    Nov 8, 2013

    what do you put between the cookies to separate them ?