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How to Make Decorate it Yourself (DIY) Cookie Trees

Created January 10, 2017
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! 

What you’ll need: 

How to:

1. With moistened fingers, press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 10-14 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

pressing dough into bottom of pan

2. 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.

cutting tree shape with template

3. Stir food color into frosting. Spread frosting onto cookie.

frosting tree

4. Decorate your cookie tree with candies (think gumdrop “ornaments”) and enjoy!

decorating frosted tree