Cookie Tree

Cookie Tree

A decadent treat made from sugar cookies and buttercream!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 120 kcal


  • 1.5 cups unsalted butter 339g Room temp
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar 300g
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour 720g
  • 1 cup cornstarch 125g
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 7g
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 15mL

For the Buttercream:

  • 3 tsp vanilla 15mL
  • 1 lb confectioner’s sugar 454g
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature 225g
  • 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream 45mL

For the Assembly:

  • ½ cup confectioners sugar 60g
  • 1 tbsp whole milk 15mL
  • 4-inch sheet edible of gold leaf
  • Paintbrush medium


  1. Preheat to 375.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together.
  3. Add eggs.
  4. On low, mix in flour, cornstarch, and salt.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Separate dough into two parts. Wrap in plastic and chill for about an hour.

  7. Roll out between two pieces of parchment paper.
  8. Roll to a ½ inch thickness.
  9. With a cookie cutter, cut out star shapes.
  10. Place stars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  11. Bake for 12 minutes.
  12. Let cool.

For the Buttercream:

  1. Whip the butter for about 5 minutes using a paddle attachment (stand-up mixer).
  2. Beat in the confectioner’s sugar slowly.
  3. Add the cream and vanilla. Beat until you have an even, fluffy consistency.
  4. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a size 30-star tip.

For the Assembly:

  1. Use the buttercream as the glue between each layer.
  2. Start by piping buttercream to the bottom of a medium-sized star.
  3. Place star in the middle of a cake stand and press.
  4. Alternate sizes between small and large stars to create a layered look to ascends into a tree. Save a small star for the tree topper.
  5. Once you’re finished stacking, pipe buttercream onto each branch.
  6. Add ornament decorations. I used Christmas color chocolate balls to decorate with.

For the Star:

  1. Mix milk and powdered sugar together to create a glaze.
  2. Paint the glaze onto the cookie using a paintbrush.
  3. Place a sheet of gold leaf over the cookie.
  4. Flatten with brush and smooth out.
  5. Pipe buttercream to the top star.
  6. Place gold star as the tree topper.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The dough only needs to be chilled for about 20-30 minutes. Just until it’s firm enough to cut and handle without marring the edges.

The different sized stars will bake for different times so bake the large sones on separate cookie sheets so they can come out later.


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