What You Need:
- Cookie dough
- Rolling pin
- Baking Sheet
- Royal icing
- Food coloring
- Small herb leaves for painting
- Tree cookie cutter or cardstock, pencil, and a scissor
What You Do:
- Prepare a batch of store-bought or homemade sugar cookie dough, and have your child roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.
- Cut out tree shapes using a cookie cutter. Cut out the trees and divide them into two batches. In one batch, cut halfway down the top of tree that is about ¼ inch wide. In the other batch, cut the same size slit at the bottom of the tree, up from the trunk.
- Or if you're drawing a tree shape and using it as a template, print it out on card stock, cut out the tree shapes, lay them on the dough and carefully cut around the templates using a knife.
- Lay the cookies on a baking tray about an inch apart from each other and bake according to directions. Let cool completely.
- Have your child mix up a batch of tinted royal icing with some green food coloring.
- Coat the cookies with icing by carefully dipping one side of them into the icing, or spreading the icing on with a knife. If icing gets into the cracks of the trees, make sure to wipe it off.
- Dry over night, until it has smooth, matte finish.
- Now it's time to assemble the cookies! Carefully fit the trees with opposite slits together. If using the template, insert cookie "A" into cookie "B". The cookies should form a cross-section and be able to stand upright on a plate!
- Decorate your trees with icing, sprinkles, or use this amazing technique: dip small herbs like lavender or rosemary into green food coloring, gently shake off excess color, and press them onto the trees.
If you're making a gingerbread house this year, these trees would be the coolest addition to the yard!