Christmas Tree Squares
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
1 hr



3/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

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

3 to 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Red and green food color

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine sugar, 2/3 cup butter, milk, vanilla and egg in 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.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and almond extract in 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.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

Tip #1

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.


4.5Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
65Sodium (mg)
16Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


Explore reviews from
our online community

  December 17, 2014

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!

— says Mandy B.
  December 16, 2013

Great recipe! Easy to make and tastes delicious - just like a frosted sugar cookie. Will make these again.

— says Julie
  February 09, 2012

Definitely a keeper! They were very easy, very tasty & very pretty!

— says Darlene R.
  December 28, 2010

These are so good and very pretty. Everyone loved them & I will definately be making them again.

— says Ellen
  December 19, 2010

We made these cookies yesterday with the grandchildren baking day. 15 year old grandson decorated and they are delicious!!! Highly recommend

— says Linda
Tried this recipe? Instagram it!
And don't forget to tag us @landolakesktchn.