In my house, Christmas is synonymous with “cute” when it comes to sweet treats. Fortunately, it’s the simple holiday recipes that are cutest! These Christmas Tree Topped Cookies might look complicated, but trust me they are not. In fact, this is a great family project for a chilly winter’s night.
Simply mix the batter with a hand held mixer or using your stand mixer, then scoop small portions of batter into balls to bake. The cookie bases bake in only 8 minutes, so you can make a nice quantity in no time.
While the cookies are cooling, prepare the strawberry “trees”.
First, wash and dry the berries, then cut off the green caps to make a flat bottom for berries to stand on.
Next, insert a wooden pick into the pointed end of the berry, right down the center. This is what you will use to hold the berry when dipping it into the candy coating.
Then dip the berries into green candy melts that you microwaved for about 30-40 seconds. Cover berries all the way to the top.
Place dipped berries on a wax paper lined tray and add festive holiday sprinkles for tiny “ornaments” on your strawberry trees.
Once the candy coating hardens, a dab of leftover melted candy applied to the flat bottom of the strawberry tree adheres the berry trees to the cookie base. Before you know it, you have a festive forest of holiday trees for snacking and sharing!
Using Quality Products for Balance, Even During the Holidays
Even when making treats, I still like to make sure I use the best products possible with the fewest number of allergens and unwanted ingredients. I know you feel that way, too, so I want to highlight some ways I do that with this recipe.
First, I choose Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic products from Kroger. These products are free from 101 artificial preservatives and ingredients that many of us simply do not want in our foods. You can learn more about Simple Truth products and get the entire Free From 101 list here.
In this recipe, I chose products like organic canola oil baking spray for greasing my baking pans, organic coconut sugar, organic virgin coconut oil and natural cage-free eggs.
While some ingredients like candy melts and sprinkles we use during these festive times do contain other ingredients we might not choose on a daily basis, it’s good to know we can use products like Simple Truth and strike a nice balance. And for me, that’s what my healthy lifestyle is all about, balance.
And you already know, for me, Christmas is all about cute treats! These cookies certainly hit that mark!
Christmas Tree Topped Cookies
For the cookies
179 grams (approximately 1 ¼ cups + 2 Tablespoons) Gigi’s Everyday Gluten Free Flour Blend (gum-free) or similar blend
½ cup Simple Truth coconut sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
Scant ½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup Simple Truth organic virgin coconut oil, soft but not melted
½ large egg (reserve other ½ for another use)
½ Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons milk (dairy- or plant-based)
For the trees
36 small whole strawberries
1 cup green candy coating melts
Sprinkles of choice
Toothpicks, to hold trees while dipping
Preheat oven to 350F and grease 2 large cookie sheets with o; set aside.
In a mixing bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk to blend.
Add coconut oil and mix on low speed at first, then increase mixer speed to medium to incorporate oil into dry ingredients.
Add egg, vanilla and milk. Mix again at medium speed until the batter is smooth and of medium-thickness.
Scoop batter in 1 teaspoon portions, roll into a ball and place each one 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake approximately 8 minutes, until cookies spread and appear dry on top.
Cool cookies completely on the pan, then remove to a platter for decorating.
While the cookies cool, wash and dry strawberries. Cut off the green cap, making a flat bottom for the berries to stand on. Set aside.
In a small microwave safe jar (a small mason jar works well), heat the candy melts in the microwave 30-40 seconds, stirring until smooth.
Into the pointed end of the berry, insert a toothpick, then dip each berry into the candy melt mixture. Place berries on a parchment or wax paper lined tray.
Sprinkle coated berries with candy sprinkles or jimmies before the candy coating hardens. Be sure to add sprinkles before the candy coating hardens. If your berries were in the refrigerator before you started, the coating will harden extra-fast, so keep this in mind.
Once the berries are dipped, sprinkled and set, use a small bit of candy melt mixture to affix one berry “tree” to each cookie, using the cookie as a base for the tree.
Makes approximately 36 cookies.
$50 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway!
To help you make your holidays a little sweeter, my friends at Kroger are giving away a $50 Kroger gift card to one lucky reader.
To enter, simply leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas cookie.
The giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 18th.
One winner will be selected at random on Monday, December 19th and announced here and on my social media channels on that day. Winner has 48 hours to reply via email to claim prize or an alternate will be selected.
Best luck and happy holidays!
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