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Recipe: Scandinavian Christmas Cookie Tree

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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Prep Time:

2 hours

Cook Time:

6 minutes



This is a very special Christmas cookie. It is a trademark of a dear friend, Ann Turner. We would make these by the hundreds at Christmas time. It is by far the best sugar cookie in the whole wide world.

Why Try? This Christmas cookie is perfect for a centerpiece or to add height to your dessert table!

Foodie Byte: Bake a large number of at least 3 different sizes of star cookies. A good number to start with is 10 – 3 large, 4 medium and 2 small. The exact number is determined by how tall you would like the tree. You will also need a wooden dowel with a small base.


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; add vanilla, eggs and cream.
  3. Sift in dry ingredients to creamed mixture; mixing well.
  4. Chill the dough for 2 hours.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out chilled dough.
  6. Cut out the stars using 3 different sizes of stars (we used 5″, 4″ and 3 1/2″). Using a plastic straw, poke a hole in the center of each cookie.
  7. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 6 minutes.
  8. Let the cookies sit for 24 hours.
  9. Decorate the cookies with icing. Let them sit for another 4 to 8 hours so the icing hardens and won’t smear when you start building the tree.
  10. To assemble the cookie tree:
  11. Using a wooden dowel, place one of the large cookies through the dowel and start stacking. Using the large cookies first, spiral them so the points do not align. Continue to stack largest to smallest.
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