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Oh, how I love the smell of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg filling my kitchen with their spicy scents. Not only do these spices smell amazing they also make baked goods taste heavenly, as all bakes goods should. That is why I use all these spices in my favorite Spiced Christmas Tree Cookies.
These cookies are very simple to make, they taste great and are super cute. They just make you want to sing carols.
Nothing says Christmas like some decorated cutout cookies
The spice dough mixes quickly, just add butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix together and then add flour and all those glorious spices.
I happen to own a lot of cookie cutters and most of them are for Christmas cookies, but I find I use this Christmas tree cutter the most. I love the size and shape of the trees. If you don’t happen to have a tree cookie cutter, other cutters will be just as fun. You can even look around your kitchen for some fun shapes to cut out the dough, believe it or not, a cup works great. For those of you wanting a Christmas tree cookie cutter, you can find one here .
This is the easiest dough to work with. It is not sticky, rolls out smooth, cuts clean and is so easy to transfer to your cookie sheet. I am always saying this is the best dough to work with.
I really love decorating cookies but over the years I have gotten away from the heavily iced cookies I used to do in the past. I have quite the fondness for these cute Christmas tree cookies because they have such a simple design with just the red, white and green dots. Sometimes less is more!
A simple powdered sugar icing and food coloring are all that is needed for decorating. I use parchment paper to make a piping bag and a number 4 piping tip to make the dots. There is no need to invest in decorating supplies since you can just put your icing in a small plastic storage bag and snip a little hole on one end to make the dots.
Here are my beauties, they smell so good with all the spices.
Ready to make some cookies, go grab your cookie cutter and rolling pin.
Spiced Christmas Tree Cookies
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups AP Flour
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Powdered Sugar Icing
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 2 tbls white corn syrup
- 2 1/2 - 3 tbls. milk
- gel food coloring
Making the dough
- In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until creamed.
- Add in the eggs one at a time
- Add the vanilla and beat until fluffy
- Combine all the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture on low speed.
- Divide the dough and place on wax paper and flatten. Wrap and place in the fridge for 1/2 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- On a floured surface, roll out one batch of dough to 1/8" thickness and cut with floured cookie cutters.
- Set on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Repeat with the remaining dough.
- When done set on a cooling rack until ready to decorate
Powdered Sugar Icing
- Mix the powdered sugar, corn syrup and milk in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
- Add more milk if the icing is too thick.
- You want this icing thick enough to pipe and not spread on the cookie.
- Divide the icing into three bowls and tint one with red food coloring and one with green food coloring.
- Place the icing in a piping bag with a #4 tip and slowly pipe dots all around the cookie in different colors
- Allow the icing to dry for an hour.
Now every good plate of cookies has a perfect tea to go with it. With so many delicious teas in our collection, we had to have lots of cuppas and Christmas Tree Cookies to find the perfect match. But we did it – and had some cookies to spare. Today I am enjoying these wonderful spice cookies with a Tea Forte’s Spiced Ginger Plum Tea from their Warming Glow Collection. This is a perfect pairing as the buttery plum flavor of the tea brings out the spices of the cookies and actually enhances the overall deliciousness of these cookies. Both the tea and the cookie have a subtle ginger flavor that is pure magic when enjoyed together. The beautiful plum color of the tea also adds so much joy to the experience that you just can’t help but be filled with Christmas spirit when you eat the cookies.
Tea Forte offers a unique variety of high-quality teas with luxurious packaging. I just want to try all their teas.
If you are a tea drinker or looking for a gift for a tea lover, Tea Forte has a beautiful gift box of Warming Joy Tea that includes the Spiced Ginger Plum Tea. They also has one of the most unique tea cup that goes with their tea pod. These porcelain cups have a steeping lid with a little hole to put your tea bag string through so it doesn’t get wet, and it looks so impressive with their little leaf logo coming out the top of the cup. You need one of these cups.
I made you a pin for your Pinterest cookie board for later.
Wishing you many blessings and lots of joy for the holidays.