Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks


A 3D Christmas cookie that tastes as good as it looks. Kids will love making these trees with our delicious sugar cookie recipe and a fluffy buttercream. You can make these as large as you like, but for children we use a 2-inch, 1-inch, and 1/2 -inch round scalloped cutter.


  1. Sugar Cookies

    • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  2. Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

    • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow creme
    • 2 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • pinch salt
    • green gel food coloring
    • red, white, green nonpareils
    • gold star candies


  1. Cream butter, sugar, and extracts in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. The butter should be pale in color. Add eggs and mix until combined.
  2. Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt. Remove dough from bowl, shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 4 hours, or overnight.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchmentpaper. Roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut out (18) 2-inch circles, (18) 1-inch circles, and (18) 1/2-inch circles with cookie cutters.
  5. Bake until set, but not brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the buttercream, add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add marshmallow creme and beat for two minutes. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
  7. When the sugar has been incorporated, add vanilla and salt, increase the speed to high and beat for three minutes.
  8. Tint frosting to desired green color.
  9. To make the cookie stacks, add frosting to the 2-inch cookie, top with 1-inch cookie, top with frosting, and top with 1/2-inch cookie. Add a small amount of frosting to the top. Sprinkle with nonpareils and add sugar stars to the top.
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