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Giant Holiday Trees

Giant Holiday Trees

What a fun centerpiece for the holidays. Use this dough to make a giant gingerbread tree or use holiday-shaped cookie cutters to make individual cookies.

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30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 55 min
Total Time



3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt


3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Green food color


Decorator sugars and candies, as desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine 3/4 cup butter, brown sugar, molasses and egg in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining gingerbread ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Divide dough in half. Pat each half of dough onto prepared cookie sheet to 12x9-inch tree shape with 3x2-inch base. Smooth edges of dough with knife. Bake 12-15 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, gradually adding enough milk, for desired spreading consistency. Stir in food color. Frost cooled trees; decorate as desired.

Nutrition (1 serving)

150 Calories
7 Fat (g)
25 Cholesterol (mg)
140 Sodium (mg)
21 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
<1 Protein (g)
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