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A stacked christmas tree cookie.

Stacked Christmas Tree Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
These easy Stacked Christmas Tree Cookies are as cute as it get when it comes to sweet holiday treats.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 Cookie Stack



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Add this mixture to the butter mixture and beat until well blended.
  • Next, shape dough into 3 different sizes of cookies. Use a rounded teaspoon of dough to make 1 small ball. Then use 2 rounded teaspoons of dough to make a middle size ball. Use 3 rounded teaspoons of dough to make a large ball. There should be at 15 balls of each size, resulting in 15 cookie stacks.
  • Place the small balls onto 1 parchment paper lined baking sheet. Use a glass to gently flatten them slightly. Place the medium size balls on a separate sheet and again press them down gently. Finally place the large balls on a separate sheet and press them down slightly. Due to the different sizes, the cookies will take different amounts of time to bake therefore each size of cookie should have it’s own baking sheet.
  • Bake until the bottoms are starting to brown. Small cookies will take approximately 4-6 minutes, medium will take 6-8 minutes and large will take 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies from the baking sheets and allow them to cool completely on wire racks prior to frosting.


  • Prepare the frosting while the cookies are cooling. In a medium bowl, beat together powdered sugar, and butter. When this is well combined and light and fluffy, beat in the milk and vanilla. Add food coloring if desired.
  • Use the frosting to “glue” together the 3 cookies (largest on the bottom, then middle sized, then the smallest on top) to make a christmas tree or snowman. Pipe or spread frosting onto the top of the largest size cookie and place the middle size cookie on top. Next, pipe or spread frosting on the top of the middle size cookie and place the small size cookie on top. Finish with a small amount of frosting on the small size cookie to finish. Add sprinkles if desired.


Make Ahead Of Time
If you would like to make these cookies ahead of time, the best option is to bake the cookies, cool them completely, then store in an airtight container and place into the fridge for a few days, or freezer for a longer period of time. When ready to serve them, bring them to room temperature, frost and decorate.
Store cookies in an airtight container for five days. They can be frozen for up to three months. If freezing, it’s ideal to freeze the unfrosted cookies, then thaw and decorate when ready to use.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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