Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Christmas Tree Squares

These frosted sugar cookie bars are quick to make and travel well if you are on the go this holiday season.

40 min. prep time
48 bars
858 Ratings



3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon almond extract
Red and green food color


Heat oven to 375°F. Combine sugar, 2/3 cup butter, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy.  Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. Spread mixture into ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and almond extract in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, gradually adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Reserve 1/2 cup frosting; set aside. Spread remaining frosting over cooled bars. Cut into 48 bars.

Tint half of reserved frosting with red food color and other half with green food color. Pipe tree design in center of each square, alternating red and green trees every other bar.

Recipe Tip

To pipe the Christmas tree design on each bar, use pastry bag and decorating tip #4 or place frosting in small resealable plastic food bag. Snip small hole in one corner of bag to pipe.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 110

Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 65mg

Carbohydrates: 16g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #13381©2005Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Made this last year and was so easy and tasty made it again this year! I did change up the recipe I used a boxed cake mix lemon flavored for a spin on taste still as good as scratch!
Great recipe! Easy to make and tastes delicious - just like a frosted sugar cookie. Will make these again.
Definitely a keeper! They were very easy, very tasty & very pretty!
These are so good and very pretty. Everyone loved them & I will definately be making them again.
We made these cookies yesterday with the grandchildren baking day. 15 year old grandson decorated and they are delicious!!! Highly recommend
Exceptionally easy - burned the first batch and whipped up another in about 6 minutes. Very tasty - go light on the frosting and it's not too sweet. I added lemon extract to my frosting instead of the almond as there is a child in my son's class with a nut allergy. All the kids went gaga over these. The Christmas tree squiggle was easy and looked great.
These cookies were tender and rich. Very simple to make and looked beautiful on my cookie trays. A definite keeper!

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