Christmas Gingerbread Tree Cookies – Cookin’ with Mima


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These gorgeous Christmas Gingerbread Tree cookies are so easy to make, kid friendly and delicious! These are classic gingerbread cookies turned into colorful, festive, and delicious Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies. Adults, kids are going to love them.

christmas tree gingerbread cookies on a white plate

Festive, fun and delicious – these colorful Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are packed with flavor and decorated with M&M’s. Get the family together in the kitchen and have fun making these scrumptious festive cookies!

Looking for more cookie recipes? Why not also try my Danish Butter Cookies Recipe and my Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies.

Why these Decorated Christmas Tree Cookies are so good!

  • Packed with spices. Made with butter and honey, these cookies are loaded with all kinds of warming spices.
  • Fun to decorate. Topped with M&M’s. Each cookie is decorated with green and red candy, given them an ultra festive vibe and a lovely chocolate hit! It’s a great way to get the kids involved.
  • Easy to make gingerbread cookies. These gorgeous Christmas tree cookies come together so easily and this recipe whips up a huge batch, perfect for a crowd. You can also prepare the gingerbread dough or cookies in advance.
christmas tree gingerbread cookies ingredients
  • Butter– use full fat. Important base for a cookie to mix with other ingredients.
  • Confectioner’s Sugar– mixes easily with other ingredients without.
  • Pure Honey– Adds sweetness and flavor.
  • Egg– Helps make cookies chewy and add structure.
  • Flour– I used all purpose flour to make these cookies.
  • Cocoa Powder– add color to the cookies.
  • Baking Soda-helps cookies softer.
  • Salt-balances out the sweetness.
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves
  • M&M’s– use the mini size for this recipe.

How to make Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

  • Make your gingerbread dough: In a bowl, mix your dry ingredients.
christmas tree dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix the butter: In a stand mixer, whip up your butter with powdered sugar and add the egg.
sugar and egg being whipped up in a bowl
  • Next, add in honey and half your dry mix to the butter mixture. Using a paddle attachment, slowly incorporate the rest of the dry mix.
wet and dry ingredient cookie dough in a bowl
  • Roll dough: After chilling your dough in plastic wrap, roll it out the dough.
gingerbread cookie dough rolled out
  • Make your cookie shapes: Cut out use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. Then press in your M&M’s
tree cookies being cut with cookie cutter
  • Bake: Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 mins.
cut out cookie dough on a sheet pan
  • Use a preheated oven.
  • Do not overbake. Once the cookies’ edge are slightly crisp, they are done. Over baking the cookies will result in hard, crunchy cookies.
  • Measure accurately. Too much flour in these cookies will make them dry.
  • Be sure all your ingredients are up to room temp, for a smooth dough that’s easy to mix.
  • If you see the dough is sticking too much to the sides of your mixer bowl add a little more all-purpose flour, but don’t over do it.
  • Be sure to wrap the dough in plastic wraps and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
  • For cleanly cut cookies, dip your cookie cutter in some flour.
  • Use parchment on your baking sheet, for easy removal and clean up.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do gingerbread cookies last?

You can store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Can you freeze gingerbread cookies?

They also freeze well. To freeze them, allow the cookies to cool completely then place in a freezer safe bag. Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge.

Do I need to chill the dough?

Yes, because the dough is sticky once it’s all beaten together must be chilled for at least 30 mins. For a less stressful time in the kitchen make the cookie dough and chill it overnight. You want your cookie dough firm, this way the cookies hold their shape, you also want cookie dough manageable so you can work with it.

How to decorate Christmas Tree Cookies?

I decorated these Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies with red and green mini M&M’s but you can decorate them as you wish! Whip up some basic icing and draw on more decorations and top that with sprinkles. Or just keep them super simple, they still taste great plain!

christmas tree gingerbread cookies in a white plate with decoration around

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christmas tree gingerbread cookies on a white plate

Christmas Gingerbread Tree Cookies

These gorgeous Gingerbread Christmas Tree cookies are so easy to make, kid friendly and delicious!

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 1 hr 40 mins

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.

  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.

  • With a help of a stand mixer and whisk attachment on whip butter and powdered sugar for about 1-2 minutes.

  • Add 1 egg and give a whisk to incorporate lightly. It will start to separate but don’t stress about it. It will all come together once we start adding dry ingredients.

  • Pour honey and mix again.

  • Add half of your dry ingredients and mix to incorporate. Stop the mixer and change the whisk attachment to paddle attachment. Add rest of dry ingredients and mix just until incorporates.

  • The dough will start to form into one giant ball and will not be sticking to the sides of the bowl. If you see the dough is still sticking too much to the sides of your mixer bowl add more all-purpose flour. Do it so 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is not sticking to the bowl anymore.

  • The dough should be tough but pliable. Divide in two equal pieces.

  • Wrap it into a food plastic wrap and chill for about 30 min -1hr.

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

  • Once the dough has chilled roll it out in between the two pieces of parchment paper to about 1/8” thick. Thicker if desired. Use dough measuring strips for even thickness.

  • Dip your cookie cutter lightly into some flour and start cutting out shapes using Christmas tree cutter.

  • By lightly pressing, place green and red m&m candies onto the cookies.

  • Transfer the cutouts onto prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space them 1” apart.

  • Bake at 325 F 8-10 minutes. Or until the edges start to get a little more browned.

  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • Use a preheated oven.
  • Do not overbake. Once the cookies’ edge are slightly crisp, they are done. Over baking the cookies will result in hard, crunchy cookies.
  • Measure accurately. Too much flour in these cookies will make them dry.
  • Be sure all your ingredients are up to room temp, for a smooth dough that’s easy to mix.
  • If you see the dough is sticking too much to the sides of your mixer bowl add a little more all-purpose flour, but don’t over do it.
  • Be sure to wrap the dough in plastic wraps and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
  • For cleanly cut cookies, dip your cookie cutter in some flour.
  • Use parchment on your baking sheet, for easy removal and clean up.

Nutrition

Serving: 24g | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg






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