Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

filed under: Sugar Cookies on December 14, 2014

Making delicious piled-high stacks of cookies and frosting is not only easy but FUN!

 

christmas tree cookie stacks
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Making delicious piled-high stacks of cookies and frosting is not only easy but FUN!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas tree cookie stacks
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Ingredients
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 1-lb
  • container)
  • Candy sprinkles if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms.
  3. Shape 3 (1/4-cup) balls from dough. Shape 3 more balls, using 3 level tablespoons dough for each. Place all 6 balls on ungreased cookie sheet.

  4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  5. Meanwhile, shape 3 balls using 2 tablespoons dough for each ball. Shape 3 balls, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place all 6 balls on ungreased cookie sheet.

  6. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  7. Continue with remaining dough to make 3 balls of each of the following diameters: 1 1/4 inches, 1 inch, 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until edges are light brown.

  8. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  9. Heat frosting in microwavable bowl uncovered on High 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until frosting can be stirred smooth and fluid. Each tree will be a stack of 8 different size cookies.

  10. To assemble 3 trees, stack cookies on serving platter, starting with largest size cookie on bottom, and stacking each smaller size cookie on top, spreading frosting between each layer. Drizzle remaining frosting over trees, and garnish with sprinkles.

 

 

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack! An easy and delicious recipe and how-to!

Why do I love baking in the winter so much?

This is typically one of the cooler months, so being in a cozy kitchen with an oven full of delectable cookies and treats warms the soul as well as the toes!

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack! An easy and delicious recipe and how-to!

Tis the season of giving.  Not only are we baking and exchanging and giving to others, but often we are receiving delicious treats! Every year I look forward to the holiday inspired cookies and candies displayed everywhere.

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack! An easy and delicious recipe and how-to!

Baking is not only fun, but therapeutic.  My friend Jocelyn (from GrandBaby Cakes) shared this article called Therapists Now Encourage Cooking and Baking as Cures for Depression.  Yes and yes.  I could not agree more… baking brings my heart joy, and I hope it does yours as well.

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack! An easy and delicious recipe and how-to!

Once I got started baking these fun Christmas tree cookie stacks, it was hard to stop.  They are pretty darn easy not to mention totally fun to share and eat!

Recipe shared from Betty Crocker with permission.

But you know I couldn’t leave it there… I just had to make one tree with a surprise-inside!

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack! An easy and delicious recipe and how-to!

I will share a little video how-to below… but this was so easy.  I just used the smallest size cookie cutter on the three largest cookies, cut out the center portion, then filled with treat of choice (these are rainbow colored mini chocolate chips).  Stack remaining cookies and finish with more sprinkles!

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack! An easy and delicious recipe and how-to!

Cut into the cookie (much like you would a cake) and reveal the fun surprise inside!! (My cookies were really soft and gooey and crumbly -which is awesome- but if you want more precise cuts simply chill cookie stack for 30 minutes prior to cutting.)

Everything I made was courtesy of Betty Crocker; from the cookie package to the frosting!

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack! An easy and delicious recipe and how-to!

 

I hope you like my Christmas Cookie Stacks and hope to see some of you fun creations! Be sure to share!

 

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Comments

  • Amber says:

    My mom’s chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite.

  • Cheryl says:

    My absolute favorite Christmas cookie would have to be roll out sugar cookies. I remember decorating them for hours when I was a young girl. The designs got pretty intricate! (For a child, anyway)!

  • Karen Lynch says:

    I love shortbread cookies.

  • Judith M. says:

    Chocolate chip with walnuts is my favorite cookie.

  • Tina Henbest says:

    I love plain ole’ butter cookies.

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    Love this idea of the cookie tree stacks with a surprise inside! My favorite Christmas cookies to make are little German star cookies called Zimtsterne (translated to cinnamon stars), they’re made with ground almonds and eggwhites and are so light and amazing…but very labor intensive lol.

  • Chrissy says:

    My favorite cookie is the one I have in my hand

  • Chineka @ Savor The Baking says:

    I love these and how you can be creative with the decorating part. So fun!

  • melissa says:

    Today, my favorite cookie is chocolate krinkles, yum! 🙂

  • Bobbi Taylor says:

    cream Cheese spritz cookies, a family favorite!

  • shaunie says:

    My favorite have always been the gingerbread man ( and still is)

  • Ashley says:

    Gingerbread men

  • Carolyn says:

    This has to be the most fun holiday dessert I’ve seen so far!

  • Erin M. says:

    This is a tough question! I love pretty much all holiday cookies but peanut butter blossoms and Italian chocolate cookies are 2 of my favorites.

  • Jenice says:

    My favorite is my husband’s grandmothers Fruit and Nut cookies

  • J Hodgson says:

    Peanut butter cookies!

  • Claire says:

    Gingerbread cookie! Decorated like little men or not I love gingerbread cookies, with some icing yuuuumm 🙂

  • Mary says:

    Anything with ginger!

  • melissa M says:

    I loveno bake oatmeal cookies.

  • Melissa L. says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is chocolate chip. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kate F. says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is a sugar cookie.

  • Kaci says:

    Spritz are my favorite!

  • Anita at Hungry Couple says:

    I do think cooking and baking helps with depression. I’m even more sure that eating these beauties would help, too. 🙂 Pinned.

  • Deb Jackson says:

    I love holiday snickerdoodles.

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