December 22, 2011

Christmas Time

Here's to the holidays.  I do believe around this time of the year we do most of our baking and cooking.  So I'm going to start off with a cute Christmas cookie recipe I've tried and loved.

These are called Tree Cookies.  Simple name, Simple Idea.

I always try to make it a family tradition to have fresh baked cookies in the kitchen for the holidays.  I've made these a few times and they've turned out perfect.  It's a cute, simple way to liven up your dessert table and look like alot of work went into these beauties.  My daughter loves how the chocolate M&Ms just melt when you take a bite of a fresh cookie.

Here's the recipie I've used:

Tree Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. 
  3. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet. Using green, yellow, and brown M&M's Minis, design Christmas trees as shown in photo.
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven.

What kind of holiday traditions does your family have?  What are your favorite desserts to bake around this time of the year?


c allen said...

i love these and will have to make them next year. we could do the same and use red candies for valentines day and make a heart with them :) easy peasy and the kids would love them

Tara said...

That's a great idea! I'm going to have to do that this Valentine's Day!