Cute and quirky triangle Christmas tree cookies that are super easy to decorate using this method! No special cookie cutter or decorating skills required!
Ready for a cute and easy technique for decorating sugar cookies this year? Don’t be intimidated by the bag of frosting in the photo. Piping the frosting onto these cute Christmas tree cookies is actually faster than spreading it with a butter knife! I’m not a professional cake or cookie decorator. My skills aren’t even intermediate or advanced, but I think cookies piped like these are adorable!
My friend, Tonya, decorates her Christmas sugar cookies like this. She actually pipes the lines super close so that they are touching and you don’t see any cookie underneath. Then she adds silver and gold edible pearls.
Triangle Christmas Tree Cookies
Step 1: Make a batch of triangle sugar cookies using your favorite sugar cookie recipe. (Here’s mine. It’s a good one and one of the most visited posts here!)
I just used a piece of white paper and a knife to quickly cut out the triangles. I liked the look of the triangles vs. using a Christmas tree cookie cutter.
Step 2: Pipe frosting back and forth across each cookie.
You can use royal icing if you’d like, but since royal icing dries, the little zig-zags could crumble and fall off since they are so skinny. I prefer a softer icing for these.
Step 3: Add colorful sprinkles for ornaments and lights.
Quick and Easy Triangle Christmas Tree Cookies
Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon almond extract
- 4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- In a large mixing bowl combine butter, shortening and sugar. Beat until fluffy. Turn mixer down and add egg, vanilla and almond extract. Add baking powder. Sift in and flour and cornstarch until mixed thoroughly (1-2 minutes).
- Lightly flour your working surface and shape dough into a large ball.
- No refrigeration necessary.
- Roll dough out to desired thickness (I usually do 1/4- 3/8″) and cut into shapes. Add flour to dough if it feels too sticky but a nice soft dough is what you want. Use a piece of paper cut into a triangle shape instead of a cookie cutter. A pizza cutter works great to cut around each triangle.Carefully transfer cut out cookie shapes with a spatula to a baking sheet. Bake baking sheets at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be soft. Let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before carefully moving to a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
- Place frosting in a ziploc bag or frosting bag. Zig zag across each cookie. Add sprinkles.
Best Vanilla Frosting For Sugar Cookies (Soft)
VANILLA BUTTER CREAM FROSTING
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3-4 Tbsp. milk
- Whisk ingredients together and spread over cookies. Refrigerate leftovers.