Day 6: 2014 Sweet Paul Holiday Countdown presented by Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

I just love my grandmother's sugar cookie recipe, it's so versatile!  These 3-D cookie trees are great to use for a centerpiece, decor on a cake, or just on a plate shared with good friends and some hot cocao! 

Makes about 25 cookies

You will need:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

tree cookie cutter

circle cookie cutter to use as a base

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  4. Roll out the dough to a thin layer and cut out trees and circles and place onto a parchment covered cookie sheet.
  5. Cut our small squares in the middle of the circles big enough to accomodate the base of your tree, make them bigger then you think as the cookie will grow when baked.
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
  7. Let stand on cookie sheet 2-5 minutes before removing to cool on wire racks
  8. Place the trees right upside into the holes in the circles as a base, if the hole is to small use the edge of a sharp knife to make it bigger.
  9. Place the trees on a platter, dust with confectioners sugar and serve.

TIP:

If you want, you can make a "paste" to hold your tree into your base. Simply mix a few drops of water with some confectioner's sugar and mix until it;s the consistency of paste. Use the mixture to anchor your trees and allow them to dry completely.
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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