3D Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies
Are you ready to sprinkle some magic onto your holiday spread? Look no further than these enchanting 3D Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies! These delightful treats not only taste delicious, but they also bring a whimsical touch to any festive gathering. Get ready to embark on a baking adventure as we share our secret recipe and step-by-step guide to creating these show-stopping cookies that will leave everyone in awe. So gather your ingredients, put on your apron, and let's add a dash of holiday magic to your cookie tray this year!
The holiday season is all about creating cherished memories with loved ones, and what better way to do that than with a delicious and festive spread? With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be easy to get caught up in the stress of planning and preparing for gatherings. That's why we're here to help you add a touch of magic to your holiday spread with our 3D Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies.
Imagine walking into a room filled with the warm aroma of freshly baked gingerbread cookies, adorned with colorful frosting and sprinkles, shaped into whimsical Christmas trees. The sight alone brings joy to any gathering and sets the scene for a magical holiday experience.
These charming cookies are not only visually appealing but also pack a punch in terms of flavor. The combination of rich molasses, fragrant spices, and sweet icing creates a symphony of taste that will leave your guests wanting more.
But beyond their deliciousness, these D Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies symbolize so much more. They embody the spirit of the season – spreading love, happiness, and warmth. They bring back childhood memories of baking with family or decorating sugar cookies at school parties. And they serve as an invitation for everyone to join in on the fun and create new memories together.
In addition, these cookies are versatile enough to fit into any type of holiday gathering – whether it's an elegant dinner party or a laid-back potluck with friends. You can use them as part of your dessert spread or even as edible party favors.
So, what exactly are 3D gingerbread Christmas tree cookies? Well, as the name suggests, they are three-dimensional cookies that resemble a classic Christmas tree. They are made from traditional gingerbread dough and can be decorated with various types of frosting, sprinkles, and other edible decorations to add a touch of magic to your holiday spread.
Ingredients For Your 3D Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon all spice
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together with an electric mixer, just until blended (do not over-mix).
Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix with the electric mixer until a crumbly dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper and press the dough into a ball. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough and use a rolling pin to roll
the dough out to ¼-inch thickness (the dough should be just slightly thinner than the cut out area of the cookie cutter where the cookies will interlock. If the dough is too thick the cookies will not interlock to form the trees).
Use a 3D Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut the trees out of the dough. Transfer the trees to the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies at 375F for 9-10 minutes until set. Cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely to room temperature.
Use royal frosting and sprinkles to decorate the cookies.
Makes 8 tree cookies
Ingredients for your Royal Icing
5 tablespoons warm water
3 tablespoons meringue powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
Food coloring, optional
Directions for Royal Icing
In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the water, meringue powder, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.
Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until soft peaks form.
If desired, add food coloring and mix well.
Use the frosting immediately to decorate cookies, then allow to air fry until fully set, about 1-2 hours.
Tips & Tricks
Here is the cookie cutter I used: https://amzn.to/46vuOyJ
This is the meringue powder I used and it worked perfectly: https://amzn.to/45LrG0h
This cookie recipe is both no-chill and no-spread.
The cookies are soft if rolled thickly and more sturdy if rolled thin. It’s best to roll them just slightly thinner than the cut out part of the tree where the cookies will interlock because if they’re too thick they won’t fit.
I learned this lesson the hard way: it’s best to not frost the area of each cookie where they will interlock. It makes it less likely that the cookies will fit together after the frosting is dry.
I frosted one side of each cookie tree, let them dry fully, then turned them over and frosted the other side. I made sure they were completely dry on both sides before putting the trees together. Another way to do it would be to put the trees together and use a piping bag to frost them once together.
The leftover cookies should be covered with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to five days. They can be frozen for up to three months, but I would suggest freezing them before they’re put together into the 3D trees.
The royal frosting should be used immediately, but if it needs to be held for a little while before use, keep it covered well with plastic and at room temperature.
Adding a touch of magic to your holiday spread has never been easier with these 3D gingerbread Christmas tree cookies. These festive treats are not only delicious but also make for a fun and unique addition to any holiday gathering. Whether you're an experienced baker or just starting out, these cookies are sure to impress both adults and children alike. So go ahead, get creative and add some extra sparkle to your holidays this year with these delightful 3D gingerbread Christmas tree cookies!