Welcome back to Blogmas! It’s day 4 and I’m starting to get the hang of it. I’m loving the festivities!! Today I made a 3D Cookie Tree- it was so much fun!
I bought the cookie cutter kit from Amazon but it’s actually from Lakeland. I used a basic vanilla cookie recipe to make the cookies first. So grab your shopping list and write;
- 300g Unsalted Butter
- 300g Caster Sugar
- 2 Small Eggs, Beaten
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 600g Plain Flour, Sifted
- 140g Butter
- 280g Icing Sugar
- Green Food Colouring
— Step 1 —
Firstly pre-heat the oven to 180 Degrees Celsius.
— Step —
Cream the sugar and butter together until the mixture is light and creamy.
— Step 3 —
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Add these along with the vanilla extract into the mixture and mix until creamy.
— Step 4 —
Slowly add the flour until the mixture forms a dough. Once you have a dough, split the dough in half and cover. Chill in the fridge for an hour. (I was inpatient, so I put mine in the freezer for 20 minutes)
— Step 5 —
Once chilled, roll the dough out onto a floured surface. Using the cookie cutters, cut 2 of each size and place on a floured baking tray.
— Step 6 —
Bake each batch for 10-12 minutes and then leave to cool on a cooling rack for an hour.
— Step 7 —
For the butter cream, mix the butter until creamed and then slowly add the icing sugar. Finally, add the green food colouring and put the green buttercream into a piping bag with a textured nozzle.
— Step 8 —
Set down your biggest cookie on whatever surface your tree will stand on. Add a small amount of icing and stick down the second cookie of the same size. Make sure the two cookies are at different angles.
— Step 9 —
I piped straight lines on the end corners because I used a textured nozzle. But if you have a circular nozzle, you can do a leaf like pattern show branches.
— Step 10 —
Keep adding your cookies on top until you’ve used all the sizes and built your tree. Then it’s time for the baubles and GLITTER. I used chocolate beans for the baubles and glitter pigment spray to make it look cute!
This is such an adorable festive treat, you could use it as a gift or as a table centrepiece.. or you could just eat it after you’ve made it! It was so much fun to make and didn’t cost too much either. Send me pictures of yours if you make one! I hope you enjoyed this little baking post. Come back for more tomorrow!
21 days to go!