Sometimes you find a recipe that simply can’t be topped! In this case, I like to use a sugar cookie recipe by Alton Brown of the Food Network. You can use your favorite cookie recipe or in a pinch use the pre-made dough from the store. I like to give these cookies as a gift to co-workers or my UPS driver, and they are a perfect party favor or place card holder on your holiday table.
To package as a gift, I sprinkle shredded coconut in the bottom of a cello bag or clear box to dust your tree in a coconut snow!. Place assembled tree on top of the coconut and secure the package with a decorative ribbon.
You will need 5 metal star cookie cutters from small to large, 6 inch wooden skewers, frosting and cookie decoration.
Pre-heat your oven according to your recipe. After your dough has chilled, on a lightly powdered sugared board roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out the stars and place on a sil-pat or greased cookie sheet. With a skewer make a hole in the middle of each star big enough for the skewer to fit through. Make two of the smallest star for each tree so you have one for the tree topper!
Run a skewer up into 1/2 of the smallest stars and place the skewed cookie on the cookie sheet. Bake according to your recipe.
- Once cookies are baked and cooled. Frost each star leaving room around each hole in the center of the cookie. Decorate the outer points of the star. Frost and decorate the skewed top star. Allow to dry for at least 2 hours.
- Skew the rest of the stars from smallest to largest on each skewer with a star topper. Cut down the skewer if it is too long.
- Package, Serve or Enjoy.