These sugar cookie Christmas trees are created by using three green shades of frosting to create an ombre look and cutting one giant cookie into 12 wedges.
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1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream
Green food color
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and egg in bowl. Beat at medium speed, until creamy. Add milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
Spread into bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake 23-26 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 3/4 cup butter, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add whipping cream and 2 teaspoons vanilla; continue beating until smooth. Divide frosting in half. Tint one-half with 30 drops green food color. Divide remaining white frosting in half again. Tint one-half with 6 drops green food color. Leave remaining frosting white.
Dollop white frosting into center of cookie. Dollop light green frosting around white. Dollop dark green frosting around light green. Using offset spatula, carefully spread frosting in a circular motion to create ombre pattern, wiping off spatula every time it's lifted off cookie.
Cut cookie into 12 wedges to create Christmas trees.
These can easily be adapted to any occasion. Tint frosting yellow and orange to create candy corn treats or tint with your child's favorite colors to create party hats for a birthday party!