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Decorating cookie trees easy fun for holiday parties

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- Courtesy of Betty Crocker.
Cookie trees let the kids get right to the fun part.

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  • DIY Cookie Tree

    Adapted from Betty Crocker

    1 pouch sugar cookie mix

    1/3 cup butter, softened

    1 egg

    Green food coloring

    1 container white icing, such as Betty Crocker Fluffy White Icing

    Candies and sprinkles for decorating

    HEAT oven to 375 degrees. Line a 15-by-10-by-1-inch pan with foil.

    STIR together the cookie mix, butter and egg to form a soft dough. With moistened fingers, press the dough into the lined baking pan. Bake 10 to 14 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Use a sharp knife to cut out one large or several small tree shapes. (Use extra areas of the baked cookie to cut out a star for the top of the tree and presents to put around the bottom, if you like.)

    STIR food coloring into the frosting to create the color you like. Frost the tree, then use candies to decorate it.

    YIELD: Varies depending on how big you make the trees.



From Kathleen Purvis’ blog I’ll Bite, at obsbite.blogspot.com:

Decorating cookies with the kids is fun, for sure. It’s also messy, chaotic and sometimes a little frustrating. Most little kids just want to get straight to the frosting part and skip the mixing, cutting and baking parts.

When Betty Crocker sent around a roundup of holiday entertaining ideas, this project caught my eye. It’s cute, simple and just the thing for holiday parties. You can go the cookie mix route if you just want a fun, low-impact activity, or you could adapt it to your favorite homemade ingredients.

Put out the baked trees, a bunch of green frosting and a bowls of colorful candy and let the kids go to town. Even the big kids – the ones a few decades beyond 21 – would like this one.

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