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Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies With Fondant

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These Christmas tree sugar cookies decorated using fondant are perfect for the holidays.

If you enjoy baking Christmas cookies, but want an easy way to decorate them then this is it!

You may also enjoy letting the kids make these edible Christmas Tree ice cream cones. Find even more desserts with this list of Christmas cookies and bars.

Stack of undecorated round sugar cookies on wire rack next to cookies decorated with white fondant and little Christmas trees in the center.

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Decorating Cut Out Sugar Cookies With Fondant

I love baking cookies, but sometimes decorating all of those sugar cookies can be very time consuming. I know that’s half the fun (at least for the kids), but I like having low stress options on hand too.

In the past, I usually decorated Christmas cookies with regular frosting or royal icing. However, mixing the right consistency for royal icing can be a pain sometimes. Or my hand starts to hurt before I’m done decorating.

I recently learned about using fondant for decorating sugar cookies and I’m loving it! I’ve taken cookie decorating classes in the past and I’m really interested in learning more techniques for using fondant on cookies.

Five circle sugar cookies decorated white with tree in the center. Cookies are laying out on a wire rack with red bows laying nearby.

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies Ingredients:

This sugar cookie recipe yields more than one dozen cookies; however, we recommend baking and decorating these one dozen at a time. You may refrigerate any remaining sugar cookie dough to bake later.

If you do not wish to make sugar cookies from scratch, you could also use store bought sugar cookie dough to bake according to the package directions and skip to our section on decorating.

For the cookies:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

To decorate:

Tools Needed:

How to Make Roll Out Sugar Cookies:

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and egg until creamy. Then add the softened butter and vanilla extract and mix until all ingredients are well combined and set aside.

In another bowl, sift the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder and salt. Then slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until cookie dough forms.

Roll cookie dough into a large sphere and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

After refrigerating for an hour or more, remove the dough from the fridge and let sit as you preheat the oven and prep your workspace.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dust a clean working area with all purpose flour and roll out the dough to about a quarter of an inch thick.

Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles out of the cookie dough. Place each one gently on the lined baking sheet. Save any remaining cookie dough and refrigerate.

Bake cookies for about 6 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Then cool completely on a wire rack.

Round sugar cookie and round white fondant cut outs on pastry mat. One fondant circle is on top of a sugar cookie.

How to Decorate Sugar Cookies With Fondant

To decorate, roll out white fondant so that it’s about a quarter of an inch thick.

Use the same 2 inch round cookie cutter to cut out 12 fondant circles.

Press one fondant circle on one cookie. To help it stick, lightly brush a little water on the back of the fondant then gently press on to the sugar cookie. Repeat for the rest.

Attach Wilton tip #21 to the green decorating frosting and pipe out a triangular shape in the middle of each cookie.

Round sugar cookies covered with white fondant. Green frosting creating tree in center of one.

Use brown edible marker to draw a trunk at the bottom of the green frosting and sprinkle with rainbow nonpareils. 

If you do not want to use frosting, you could also cut out little Christmas tree shapes using green fondant and press nonpareils sprinkles into the tree for decorations.

Closer view of finished sugar cookies decorated with fondant for white background with green frosting Christmas trees in the center. Cookies are on a wire rack with red bows laying around them.

How to Store These Fondant Covered Sugar Cookies

Whether you are making these Christmas tree sugar cookies ahead of time or have some leftover, you may be wondering how to store them once decorated with fondant.

You can store them for about a week in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Humidity can affect the look and taste if they aren’t sealed and stored properly. 

Place the fondant decorated Christmas tree cookies in a single layer inside the container, then place parchment paper or wax paper in between the layers of cookies.

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Five circle sugar cookies decorated white with tree in the center. Cookies are laying out on a wire rack with red bows laying nearby.

Christmas Tree Fondant Covered Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes

These Christmas tree sugar cookies decorated using fondant are perfect for the holidays. If you enjoy baking Christmas cookies, but want an easy way to decorate them then this is it!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 oz. white rolling fondant
  • Green decorating frosting
  • Rainbow nonpareils sprinkles
  • Brown edible marker

Instructions

How to Make Roll Out Sugar Cookies:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and egg until creamy.
  2. Add the softened butter and vanilla extract. Mix until all ingredients are well combined and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, sift the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until cookie dough forms.
  5. Roll cookie dough into a large sphere and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  6. After refrigerating for an hour or more, remove the dough from the fridge and let sit as you preheat the oven and prep your workspace.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Dust a clean working area with all purpose flour and roll out the dough to about a quarter of an inch thick.
  9. Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles out of the cookie dough. Place each one gently on the lined baking sheet. Save any remaining cookie dough and refrigerate.
  10. Bake cookies for about 6 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Then cool completely on a wire rack.

How to Decorate Sugar Cookies With Fondant

  1. To decorate, roll out white fondant so that it’s about a quarter of an inch thick.
  2. Use the same 2 inch round cookie cutter to cut out 12 fondant circles.
  3. Press one fondant circle on one cookie. To help it stick, lightly brush a little water on the back of the fondant then gently press on to the sugar cookie. Repeat for the rest.
  4. Attach Wilton tip #21 to the green decorating frosting and pipe out a triangular shape in the middle of each cookie.
  5. Use brown edible marker to draw a trunk at the bottom of the green frosting.
  6. Sprinkle with rainbow nonpareils.

Notes

This sugar cookie recipe yields more than one dozen cookies; however, we recommend baking and decorating these one dozen at a time. You may refrigerate any remaining sugar cookie dough to bake later.

If you do not wish to make sugar cookies from scratch, you could also use store bought sugar cookie dough to bake according to the package directions and skip to our section on decorating.

If you do not want to use frosting, you could also cut out little Christmas tree shapes using green fondant and press nonpareils sprinkles into the tree for decorations.

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