Being obsessed with baking creative artisan sugar cookies this past month or so, I just had to purchase this set from Avon. Labeled as Build A Tree Cookie Cutter Set and priced crazy cheap $7.99. I will have to purchase more for Gifts!!
First step to making this clever, clever creation is baking the cookies. My tried and true recipe was the perfect size!
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter (I use 1 butter, 1 margarine)
- 1 egg
- 3 teaspoons almond extract
- 3 cups flour
Cut out all 10 stars and had extra dough so made extra stars and a few umbrellas for my tribute to Mary Poppins Returns (can not wait to see that movie)!
The Royal Icing recipes is as follows: had plenty for both the tree and umbrellas
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons meringue powder
- 3 Tablespoons water (add more to develop proper consistency for flooding)
Back to the Christmas Tree ………
Colored the stars in light green and outlined with white – all except the top star which I colored white and placed upside on the last top star. I added little circle sprinkles to act as ornaments. I swirled the royal icing to give the cookies a tree effect (if that makes sense) instead of a smooth finish. I let the cookies dry overnight before stacking them.
I absolutely LOVE this and it actually was super easy to do! I would say 2 of these would make a Great centerpiece for a large Christmas party!!