Sparkle Trees

These cutout sugar cookie trees glisten with a powdered sugar icing and colored sugar.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
16 (6-inch) or 28 (4-inch) cookies


  • 1 ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 ⅓ cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing

  • Green colored sugar

  • Candied red cherries, sliced

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 3 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoon milk


  1. In large mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl. Beat in vanilla. Add flour; beat until dough comes together. Wrap and chill dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface, roll one half of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with 4- to 6-inch tree-shape cutters. Place cutouts 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely.

  3. Brush cookies with strokes of Powdered Sugar Icing; sprinkle with green sugar. Add cherry slice to top. Makes 16 (6-inch) or 28 (4-inch) cookies.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  1. Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to make thin icing. Refrigerate icing up to 1 week. Let come to room temperature; if necessary, thin with few drops milk. Makes about 1 cup.

Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days; freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition facts are given for each 6-inch cookie.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

380 Calories
18g Fat
54g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 380
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 7.1mg 35%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 1.1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.