One of the best parts of the holidays is all the baking and eating of sweets. Or at least I like to think so! These color dipped tree sugar cookies are not only tasty, but oh so pretty to look at. Plus they are much easier to make than icing cookies with royal icing! Follow along to see how to make your own pretty and easy Christmas cookies.
- 1 cup of butter at room temperature
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 TBSP vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Candy wafers in an assortment of colors
- Cookie cutter
Begin by creaming together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl for 1 -2 minutes. Then add the egg, vanilla, and salt. Mix until just combined. Then add all the flour at once and pulse until the dough just comes together. Next, roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out your tree sugar cookies (or any shape works!). Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 350F oven for 8-10 minutes until just set. Remove from the oven and cool.
Once cool, place a cup or two of candy melts into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds stir and then heat again until just melted.
Then simply dip a portion of the cookies into the melted candy coating and place on a piece of parchment paper to let the coating set.
Once set, your easy Christmas cookies are ready to eat, gift to friends, or set out for Santa!
To get a few of my colors, I mixed the standard colored candy melts together along with a drop or two of food coloring gel mixed with a little coconut oil. The coconut oil helps distribute the coloring and prevent the coating chocolate from seizing.