Christmas Tree Cookie Stack

A cookie tree is a great centerpiece for your Christmas table. You can use my recipe or your favorite cut-out cookie recipe. All you need are star-shaped cookie cutters in different sizes.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 16 mins
60 cookies



  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Royal Icing:

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 4 ½ teaspoons meringue powder

  • 3 tablespoons water


  • 1 tablespoon assorted holiday decorations, such as silver balls, sprinkles, etc.

  • 1 ounce yellow fondant

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl. Cream using an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the butter mixture and mix to combine. Shape dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour to overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Cut out different-sized stars with cookie cutters; the height of the Christmas tree will depend on the number of cookies you stack, but you need at least 7 or 8 stars. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer cookies carefully onto wire racks and cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  5. Combine confectioners' sugar, meringue powder, and water in a bowl and beat at low speed using an electric blender until peaks form, 7 to 10 minutes. Pour icing into a piping bag with a star-shaped tip.

  6. Place the largest star onto a plate and pipe a little bit of royal icing into the middle. Add the second-largest star on top, turning the star slightly so the points are offset from the previous star cookie. Repeat adding smaller-sized star cookies and attaching them with royal icing. Decorate the cookie Christmas tree with royal icing, silver balls, and other holiday decor. Roll out yellow fondant and cut out a small star to place on top of the cookie tree and secure with royal icing. Decorate remaining cookies to your liking.

  7. Dust the finished tree with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

75 Calories
3g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 9mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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