Make This 3D Gingerbread Cookie Trees Recipe for the Holidays
- pre-made gingerbread cookie dough
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 teaspoons milk or cream
- 1 egg white
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- sprinkles and sugar pears for decorating
- flour for dusting
- piping bag and piping tip
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper and set aside.
Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Roll out the pre-made gingerbread cookie dough to about 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch thick.
Use cookie cutters to cut out two cookies per size, per tree.
Carefully transfer the cookie dough to the baking sheets.
Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes or until the cookies just barely start to crisp around the edges.
Let cookies rest on a wire rack until cool, then pair up each cookie with one of equal size.
Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
Meanwhile, make the filling by mixing the butter until smooth.
With the mixer on low, gradually add in two cups of the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.
Once incorporated, mix on medium-high until smooth and fluffy.
Spread the filling on the bottom of one of the cookies from each pair. Sandwich the cookies together and set aside.
To make the decorative royal icing, mix the egg white with a whisk attachment until foamy.
Gradually add in the remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, then turn the mixer up to medium-high.
Continue to mix on medium-high until fairly stiff and opaque in color.
Add in the lemon juice and mix until combined.
Fill a piping bag, fitted with a plain round piping tip, with the royal icing.
Decorate the tops of each cookie with the royal icing and toppings.
Using the royal icing as “glue” to stack together each tree, using one cookie sandwich in each size. Top the cookie tree with a star standing upright, if desired.