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15 Cute Christmas Tree Desserts That You Can Decorate *and* Eat

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Headshot of Kara ZaubermanBy Kara Zauberman
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Will Dickey

There are so many ways to take on Christmas desserts. You can go with wintry flavors like peppermint treats or keep things simple with red and green sprinkle cookies, but if you really want to impress your guests this holiday, try one of these creative Christmas tree desserts! Not only do they look just like a miniature version of your festive decorated Christmas tree, but they taste delicious, too! From crowd-pleasing Christmas cookies to cupcakes and Rice Krispies treats, these recipes inspired by Christmas trees are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Many of these Christmas tree desserts are easy enough that even kids can help out with the decorating. Think of it like a fun Christmas activity when school is on break! Then again, if you want to show off your decorating skills, there are also a couple of more elaborate baking projects, like a Christmas cake with trees made out of frosting or gingerbread cookies with various Christmas tree designs. And for those who just want a Christmas treat in 30 minutes or less, check out the Christmas tree frosting board for a sweet twist on cookies and frosting! No matter which dessert you choose, these Christmas tree ideas will be the perfect centerpiece for your holiday dessert spread.


Spritz Cookies

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Danielle Daly

Grab your tree-shaped cookie press to make these small buttery cookies! You can decorate them with melted white chocolate, red and green nonpareils, sanding sugar, or shredded coconut.

Get the Spritz Cookies recipe.



Ree's Favorite Christmas Cookie

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Will Dickey

Ree Drummond loves that these nostalgic cookies are so easy to make. All you need are Christmas tree cookie cutters, the tasty cookie dough, and a beautiful egg yolk glaze for decorating.

Get Ree's Favorite Christmas Cookie recipe.


Christmas Tree Brownies

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Amanda's Cookin'

You can use boxed brownie mix to make these easy holiday desserts. Set up your table with different color frosting, sprinkles, candy, and peppermint sticks and let your kids help decorate!

Get the Christmas Tree Brownies recipe at Amanda's Cookin'.

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Christmas Tree Cookies

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Sugar and Soul

Simple drop sugar cookies can be transformed into 3-D Christmas trees when they're layered with green frosting and sprinkles for decorating. A small star sprinkle on top helps bring the whole look together!

Get the Christmas Tree Cookies recipe at Sugar and Soul.


Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Chisel and Fork

This recipe proves that even chocolate cookies can be bright and festive! Just decorate the "trees" with a snowy white royal icing and sprinkles of your choosing!

Get the Chocolate Sugar Cookies recipe at Chisel and Fork.



Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes

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Grandbaby Cakes

Little Debbie's tree-shaped cakes are a nostalgic treat, but if you want to try making them at home, then this copycat recipe is for you! The two layers of white cake have a Swiss meringue buttercream filling, white chocolate coating, and colorful decorations for good measure.

Get the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes recipe at Grandbaby Cakes.

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Christmas Tree Cupcakes

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Sugar and Soul

Keep thing easy with boxed cake mix, then put all your effort into decorating! Pipe a heaping amount of green frosting using a large star tip and decorate with sprinkles. The gifts under the tree made from red starburst and frosting are the perfect finishing touch!

Get the Christmas Tree Cupcakes recipe at Sugar and Soul.


Strawberry Cardamom Linzer Cookies

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Mike Bakes NYC

A 1-inch mini Christmas tree cutter will help you create these classic sandwich cookies with a tree-shaped cut out in the center. You can dust them with powdered sugar or leave some plain—either way, they're delicious!

Get the Strawberry Cardamom Linzer Cookies recipe at Mike Bakes NYC.


Rice Krispies Treat Christmas Trees

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Simple Joy

It doesn't get more kid-friendly than classic Rice Krispies treats! These are made with green food coloring for that traditional spruce look.

Get the Rice Krispies Treats Christmas Trees recipe at Simple Joy.

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Christmas Tree Frosting Board

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Crazy for Crust

Give your butter board a sweet twist by making this frosting board instead! You can use homemade or canned frosting to make the Christmas tree shape, then add candy and sprinkles for the ornaments, and a mini chocolate bar for the trunk. Surround the tree with mini chocolate chip cookies for dipping!

Get the Christmas Tree Frosting Board recipe at Crazy for Crust.



Christmas Tree Cake

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Preppy Kitchen

This beautiful snowy scene is the ultimate centerpiece for a holiday dessert spread. The vanilla cake is decorated with mini trees made from ice cream cones dolloped with green frosting! A dusting of powdered sugar gives it a wintry look.

Get the Christmas Tree Cake recipe at Preppy Kitchen.


Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

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Little Sunny Kitchen

Light and airy meringues are a fun addition to any holiday cookie plate. The piping technique is simple: Just go back and forth to create a triangular tree!

Get the Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies recipe at Little Sunny Kitchen.

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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Posh Little Designs

Who says Christmas trees need to be green?! These cute pink gingerbread cookies prove that you can get creative with your trees!

Get the Soft Gingerbread Cookies recipe at Posh Little Designs.


Cookie Tree

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Preppy Kitchen

For another twist on a cookie tree, this one is a little more elaborate, but still perfectly doable! A set of star-shaped cookie cutters in various sizes will help create the look of a tree when stacked with green frosting.

Get the Cookie Tree recipe at Preppy Kitchen.


Chocolate Chip Christmas Tree Cookie Bars

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Britney Breaks Bread

Just like a thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie, these bars are full of chocolate chips. You cut them out into tree shapes after they bake so they couldn't be easier.

Get the Chocolate Chip Christmas Tree Cookie Bars recipe at Britney Breaks Bread.


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