Easy-to-Make Homemade Goodies

Delicious homemade goodies for teachers, grandparents, and sitters -- and so easy, even your toddler can help.

Star Cookie Trees

Star Cookie Trees

You'll need star-shaped cookie cutters in different sizes for this pretty present. Your little one can help with icing and stacking.

  • 1 pkg. (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar-cookie dough
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 box (16 oz.) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbs. egg-white powder
  • 5 Tbs. water, divided
  • Green food coloring
  • Red nonpareils
  • Red gumdrop candies

  1. Heat oven to 350?F. Combine cookie dough with flour. Roll dough out to 1/40 thickness. To make 1 tree, cut 2 stars each from 4 different-size cookie cutters (we used 50, 40, 30, and 20 sizes). Transfer to a baking sheet, and bake 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 1 minute, and transfer to wire rack. Cool completely. Repeat to make 2 more trees.
  2. To stack, place a dollop of icing in center of each cookie, except those with gumdrops. Starting with largest, stack 2 of each size, alternating tips of stars. Continue stacking with the 3 smaller-size stars, finishing with gumdrop-topped star. Makes 3 star trees.

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