DIY- Christmas Tree Cookies

This Amazing DIY Christmas Tree Cookie tutorial is courtesy of the hugely talented Marian over at Sweetopia– we know you’ll love it!

  • Level

  • buttercream icing
  • vanilla sugar cookie recipe (below)
  • tree cookie cutter
  • food gel coloring (of your choice)
  • piping bag
  • coupler
  • star piping tip #18
  • *sugar stars


  • Step 1
    Once you’ve made your icing, baked your cookies {recipe below} and let them cool to room temperature, they’re ready to be decorated.
  • Step 2
    Turn your cookie so that the tip of the tree is closest to you. Using a #18 star tip, start from the bottom of the Christmas tree and pipe a line of shells. Note: Different sized star tips work as well (i.e. #’s 14-21). The larger the number, the larger the shell will be.
  • Step 3
    Piping a Basic Shell
    To pipe a basic shell, hold the piping bag at about a 45-degree angle, at the 6:00 o’clock position, with the tip slightly above the surface of your cookie. Squeeze the icing out of your piping bag, then relax the pressure and pull the piping tip towards the surface of your cookie. Let go of the pressure completely, lift the piping bag away and repeat.
  • Step 4
    Pipe the shells in rows, staggering each line similar to the pattern of a brick wall.
  • Step 5
    Each new line of shells covers the tails of the line before it. Cover the entire cookie.
  • Step 6
    Place a sugar star on top and enjoy!
  • Step 7
    Adhere some ribbon to the back of the cookie with royal icing to use your cookies as Christmas tree ornaments!


  • piping bag
  • coupler
  • star piping tip #18

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