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How to Make Decorate it Yourself (DIY) Cookie Trees

Meet the new DIY: decorate-it-yourself cookies! These tree-shaped cookies take the fun of decorating to a whole new level with just five ingredients and a few easy steps.

finished tree
Making these Decorate it Yourself (DIY) Cookie Trees means equal parts baking and decorating—two of our favorite things! These festive holiday trees will help you spread good cheer and celebrate the fun of the season with your family. The best part? They’re super simple, making for a perfect holiday baking activity to do with kids!

To prepare:

  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Line pan with foil.
  • Stir cookie mix, butter and egg in a medium bowl until soft dough forms.
pressing dough into bottom of pan
With moistened fingers, press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 10-14 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. cutting tree shape with template
Cut tree shape from baked cookie. You can use a tree template or stencil for precision if you prefer, but we like to just freehand a classic Christmas-tree shape. frosting tree
Stir food color into frosting. Spread frosting onto cookie. decorating frosted tree
Decorate your cookie tree with candies (think gumdrop “ornaments”) and enjoy!

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