Holiday Cookies all the Way

The holiday season isn’t complete without cozy sweaters, cocoa and cookies. Especially when it involves a cookie recipe from our feature blogger, Sandy from Sandy a la Mode.

When Sandy isn’t busy baking every merry thing, she’s all about serving up little scoops of life that are delicious, homemade, crafty, savvy, inspirational, and fun! And we’re all about coming back for seconds.

So preheat the oven, mix up the cookie batter and bundle up into your coziest outfit…the holidays are here to stay!

Maurices Blog - Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies For Kids

Hi! Sandy from Sandy a la Mode here! I am a Utah based fashion and lifestyle blogger, mom to a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl, and a Healthcare IT consultant. I am passionate about showing moms that they can have fun with life while not always wearing sweats and top knots (although I have nothing against that), but that focusing a little time on yourself and dressing up can be done too.

My 4 year old, Austin, has a newfound love with helping out around the house. He loves to vacuum, sweep, do laundry, clean up his playroom, and help around the kitchen…not that I’m complaining. So I had him help me bake some holiday cookies for our new neighbor and I’m here to share that recipe with you! They resemble Christmas trees with colorful ornaments and are super easy to make with the help of your kids and they look totally cute too!

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Handful of colorful chocolate candies

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Stir in the melted butter, egg, and vanilla until well blended.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate dough overnight or for 2-3 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick. Cut into tree shapes using Christmas tree cookie cutter.
  5. Bake for 9-10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  6. As soon as cookies are removed from the oven, gently press chocolate candies into the cookies to resemble a colorful assortment of ornaments (have kids pass you the candies as cookies will still be hot.)
  7. Allow cookies to cool before serving.

Note: For high altitude cooking, I increased the temperature to 375 °F and baked for 7-8 minutes.

Maurices Blog - Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies For Kids
Maurices Blog - Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies For Kids
Maurices Blog - Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies For Kids
Maurices Blog - Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies For Kids

And don’t forget to serve up some hot cocoa to go along with your cookies. We just poured milk in a mug, put in a few tablespoons of chocolate powder, heated it up in the microwave and topped it off with some marshmallows.

Maurices Blog - Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies For Kids
Maurices Blog - Easy Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies For Kids

The hardest part of baking with my son is making sure that we don’t eat all the cookies in one sitting, and actually save some for the rest of our family, neighbors and friends. Because that’s what the holidays are all about right? Giving and sharing with others.

Photography by: Shailynn Photography