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Christmas Items

A Beautiful and Delicious Treat for Your Christmas Party
Christmas parties—love them or hate them—are an integral part of the Christmas season. Whether you’re hosting an office party, a small get together, or a Christmas day brunch, there are a few Christmas items that are essential: the edible kind. Of all of the delicious Christmas items we could choose from, this is one of our favorites. It can work as a stocking stuffer, a place setting, a party favor, or simply adorn the buffet table. And with these cute little cookies, one thing is for sure: they look as good as they taste.

 

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Stack Christmas Tree Cookies
Ingredients:
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup dark-brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup dark molasses
2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
Cream Cheese Frosting
Confectioners' sugar

Directions
These rich, mouthwatering Christmas items are well worth the effort. Start by whipping the butter and sugar together with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, then the molasses, then spices, baking soda, and salt. Once everything has been mixed uniformly, turn the mixer onto the ‘low’ setting and add the flour. Divide the dough into 4 parts, and pat down until they look like Frisbees. Wrap in plastic wrap and let chill for at least 4 hours.

 

The next step to making these delicious Christmas items is the cutting stage. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. Take a disk out of the fridge and place it on a flour-dusted countertop. Take a sturdy rolling pin and roll the dough until it’s about ¼ an inch thick. Then comes the cookie cutting. At any cookie store like Williams Sonoma they have sets of fluted cookie cutters in their Christmas items section. Each of our stackable trees is made up with cookies cut from one of these cookie cutters (there are usually between 5-7 in a stack). You will use each cutter 10 times per section of dough. Then, using a 1 ¼ inch star cutter, cut out 10 stars from the dough. Repeat this process with the other 3 sections of dough. (Note—Christmas cookie cutters aren’t just useful kitchen items, they’re also beautiful Christmas items. Try hanging your Christmas-themed cookie cutters on the tree as Christmas ornaments).

 

Once these Christmas items have been cut, transfer the cut cookie dough shapes onto parchment-lined baking sheets, and let them chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Once chilled, put the baking sheets in the oven for 8 minutes. Let them cool on a wire rack.

The final step in assembling our stackable tree Christmas items is to assemble our trees. For easy assembly without the mess, put your icing in a pastry bag. Starting with the biggest cookie (the base), place a dollop of cream cheese icing squarely in the center, then sandwich the second largest cookie on top of it. Continue to stack cookies, biggest to smallest, until you have a tree shaped stack of cookie. Top with frosting, then add the star. To reproduce the look of snow, dust some powdered (confectioners’) sugar on top.