Christmas Tree Cookies

It's not Christmas without decorated cookies, and this year, we're starting with Christmas tree cookies decorated with a super-easy Tik Tok-worthy marbling technique.

 It's ideal for including children or using on various festive cookie shapes. Can we recommend red and white marbled candy canes? 

Beyond that, the hues will begin to blend. If you prefer a more traditional sugar cookie tree adornment, see our guide to flawless sugar cookie decorating. 

Ingredients

3 c. (360 g.) all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 c. (200 g.) granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tbsp. milk 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

ICING & ASSEMBLY

1/4 c. meringue powder 5 to 8 tbsp. water 4 c. (460 g.) powdered sugar Green liquid food coloring, for icing

Directions

Step 1

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar in another large dish for 2 minutes with an electric mixer on high speed until frothy and pale. 

Step 1

Beat egg, milk, and vanilla on medium speed until mixed. Add dry ingredients slowly and mix until mixed, scraping bowl sides with a rubber spatula.

Step 2

Divide dough in half. Place between two lightly floured parchments. Roll each piece to 1/4" thickness. Refrigerate 30 minutes on a large baking sheet until hard.

Step 3

Heat oven to 350° and line 2 large baking sheets with paper. Cut dough with a 3" tree-shaped cookie cutter and place on sheets 1" apart. Five-minute freeze.

Step 4

Bake cookies 8–10 minutes until edges are gently brown. Let cool fully.

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