Introduction: Easy 3D Christmas Tree Cookies

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In this Instructable I'm going to show you how to make 3D Christmas Cookies, that are not only easy to prepare, but also very delicious.

You can of course decorate them in any way you want.

I will give a one year pro membership to everybody who makes them and posts a picture.

Step 1: What You Need

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  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 75 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 25 g flour
  • 25 g corn starch
  • Inside of a vanilla pod (If you can't find real vanilla, just use extract)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • juice from one lemon
  • 100 g shredded coconut
  • green food colouring

Tools + Material
  • Mixer
  • Parchment paper
  • Paperclips
  • Pastry bag
  • Spatula
  • Paint brush

Step 2: Preparation

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  1. Start by preheating the oven to 180°C (~360°F).
  2. Cut about 15 circles (~14 cm diameter) from the parchment paper and roll them up, after cutting a thin line to the centre.
  3. Use the paperclips, to secure your cones and place them in small cups (I didn't have enough, so I used a turned over "Ice Shot Glass Silicone Mold", if you don't have it either, use a turned over egg carton (but be careful, it might start to smolder))

Step 3: Mixing

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  1. Separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and while doing so, slowly add the sugar.
  2. Mix the egg yolk with the inside of a vanilla pod, as well as the almonds with the flour and the corn starch. Carefully use a large spatula to fold everything into the egg whites.
  3. Fill the mixture into a pastry bag and then into your cones.
  4. Bake them for about 20 minutes and let them cool off.

Step 4: Decoration

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  1. In order to decorate your trees, mix the shredded coconut with the green food colouring. You might have to add a little bit of water should they not mix well.
  2. Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice and a bit of water and add a few drops of green food colouring.
  3. Use a paint brush to apply the frosting and roll your trees in the shredded coconut.
  4. You can of course use different coloured frosting to decorate your trees. Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas.


iburrow (author)2013-01-03


BrittLiv (author)iburrow2013-01-03

Thanks a lot for posting the results! They look really cute!

broki (author)2012-12-24

I've enjoyed making this cookie and everyone was thrilled when saw them. Hardest part was figuring out how to put it in owen. In step 2 you can make 2 cups at one by cutting circle in half and then folding.

BrittLiv (author)broki2012-12-24

Wow, they look great, I especially like your decoration! I will pm you the pro code. Merry Christmas!

nick2334 (author)2013-12-18

These were great! I made them for our tree decorating party. I used Graham cracker crumbs instead of almonds because of a nut allergy and used beer bottles as stands. They *just* fit in the oven.

jonnybo111 (author)2013-06-26

A similar thing to this is to use condensed milk and coconut and bake them they have a gooey centre and a crunchy outside.

dtepper (author)2012-12-17

these look really cool, but is there a substitue for coconut for the leaves of the trees? neither my wife nor I care for coconut and I wanted to make this for her family holiday party.

BrittLiv (author)dtepper2012-12-18

Thank you, I'm sorry, I don't.... Maybe you can find pistachios, you wouldn't even have to dye them.

Dragonknight (author)BrittLiv2013-03-06

You can use corn flakes, if you're not allergic. Just take some green dye, mix it in melted butter, and throw the cornflakes and colored butter in a mixing bowl. Mix until the butter is absorbed by the corn flakes.

Erfunden (author)dtepper2012-12-21

Or maybe just green decorating sugar? Then they'd be all sparkly.

stremblay (author)2013-02-17

there, sorry for the delay...

BrittLiv (author)stremblay2013-02-17

Wow, nice presentation! Thanks for posting the pictures!

stremblay (author)stremblay2013-02-17

between the mashmallow supposed to be snow hehe lacked time this year hehe

they tasted good except for the fact i have put too much lemon and it tasted a lot... next time (probably next christmass hehe) i will try some mod... like white creamage in place of the lemon (to make some snowy effect..) maybe with a cacao inside cookie... etc...

stremblay (author)stremblay2013-02-17

everybody loved them! thanks for the idea BrittLiv!!!!
this will become a classic!

stremblay (author)2013-01-04

done them for christmas everybody liked the idea! Made a forest of them around the log really beatifull effect!
I started getting ideas for next year... maybe white creamage for snow...

BrittLiv (author)stremblay2013-01-04

Did you take a picture? I would love to see the results!

iburrow (author)2013-01-03

we got there in the end! found it made more sense to fold the sheet of baking paper and just draw around the bowl on the top, this gave us a load of baking paper discs. Our stapler stopped working but we soon found enough paperclips. We mounted them on a cardboard egg tray, which smouldered a bit in our ancient Belling oven, we did check them a few times and a couple of cones tilted over and were soon devoured during the decorating process. We used icing sugar and lemon juice (with mostly green but a bit of blue food colouring) to make the pastey gloop. Twas good fun! Thanks.

iburrow (author)2013-01-03

here's the photo... I hope!!

iburrow (author)2013-01-03

Thank you so Much! These cakes were great fun to make, kept our little boy ...and us busy
 all morning! Here's what they looked like.  They were all very well received. Thanks for the instructable.

Asriel Grim (author)2012-12-23

Amazing recipe!!! Here's mine! I had no experience in painting cookies before but I think they came up real nice. I experimented with different sizes to spice it up a little bit!
Merry Christmas everybody!!!

BrittLiv (author)Asriel Grim2012-12-23

I like the idea of using different sizes! Thanks a lot for posting the picture! Merry Christmas to you, too. I wrote you a pm with the pro code.

domestic_engineer (author)2012-12-19

I made them! they're so yummy.
careful if you use egg cartons to hold up the cones. My egg cartons started to burn and smoke after about 15 minutes.

i made some without coconut. I tried to decorate with crasins and almonds, but would be better if I decorated with cookie decorations. :)

Thank you for all you tips! I'm glad you like them. Interesting, that there are so many differences between the US and Germany. I had no problems with the egg carton, they seem to be made of a different material.

I like the idea of using a stapler, but I wanted to reuse the parchment paper. I will pm you the pro membership.

I never made a recipe in grams before. it was fun.
I'm going to make them again for a party on saturday. This time is want to get some little cookie decorations to decorate them. yum yum...

oh, i also used a stapler to keep the cones together. (i didn't have any paper clips) :)

srs.shelton (author)2012-12-14

Parchment paper? Where do you find this? Unfamiliar with using this in baking.

I find parchment paper is only available in the grocery store around x-mas time. (so i stock up)

do not substitute waxed paper!

If you're in a real pinch, you might be able to substitue brown paper bag sprayed with pam.

Parchment paper is easily found along side aluminum foil and plastic wrap. It's a lot more common now than it once was and is great when baking, etc. :)

BrittLiv (author)srs.shelton2012-12-14

e.g. on amazon. I'm not from the US, so I'm not sure where you can get it. In Europe you can get it in every supermarket.

srs.shelton (author)2012-12-14

Thanks Tuhua, just not used to looking for it. I am an amatuer baker, but always learning.

mylila (author)2012-12-14

Going to do these this afternoon. Wish my grandkids were here to help. That would be a blast.

arhontiak (author)2012-12-14

Could anyone tell me how can i make these cones to be stood up in order to fill and bake ?

ahahn-1 (author)arhontiak2012-12-14

I used some egg boxes. If you turn them around you will see some conical holes in there, where you can put in the parchment paper cones.

racoontnn (author)2012-12-13

Amazingly simple and amazingly beautiful work. I think children should do more of the cookies, but Christmas is still not enough.

theal8r (author)2012-12-13

To luvfunstuff, #9 is the frosting. Great idea, you could build a whole forest, how fun!

ahahn-1 (author)2012-12-13

Hey, I made these using your idea to make the cones. I just changed the decoration a little bit :D

mmcdee1 (author)2012-12-13

These look so fun and delicious!! I am going to try them for a party this weekend!

luvfunstuff (author)2012-12-13

Did you mean a "shaving or scraping" from the vanilla pod? (to rub some of the pod with a knife or tool so some of it comes off in little flakes or in a powder form) Here in the U.S. we often just use a few drops of liquid vanilla extract for vanilla flavor. - I think your English is very good! :)

BrittLiv (author)luvfunstuff2012-12-13

You cut the vanilla pod open and scrape out the inner mark. We use extract, too, but I prefer the real plant. Isn't frosting just powdered sugar and water?

suayres (author)BrittLiv2012-12-13

I prefer the inner--mark, is it?--too. It's actually incorrect to call them seeds, as orchids (which is what vanilla is) don't have seeds, they reproduce with, I think, spores! Anyway, you're right, it tastes way better with the real thing!

girlcousin (author)BrittLiv2012-12-13

Actually, I use buttercream for almost everything. (No wonder I can't lose 20 pounds!!)

tjesse (author)2012-12-13

Those paper disposable cone cups might work, they can handle hot water.

luvfunstuff (author)2012-12-13

I am confused... You say, "use a paint brush to apply the frosting". What frosting? Am I missing something? I do not see any instructions about making frosting or see any frosting listed in the ingredients.

sdhardie (author)luvfunstuff2012-12-13

I was a little confused about that, too, but I think it's #9 in the directions above.

sdhardie (author)sdhardie2012-12-13

Oh, there you go... answered just below mine. :-p

lisadesigns (author)luvfunstuff2012-12-13

Step 9 is the frosting.
9. Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice and a bit of water and add a few drops of green food colouring.

luvfunstuff (author)2012-12-13

The computer isn't letting me post a reply directly to your response, so I'm having to post another separate statement, sorry...
You wrote about using the inner part of the vanilla pod and then asked "isn't frosting just powdered sugar and water?"
My reply:
Oh! use the inside of the pod. OK. And yes! I agree, fresh & real are the best whenever possible. :) I remember a friend once making frosting with powdered sugar & grease, but I am not very knowledgable or skilled in the kitchen so I didn't know what you meant about frosting. (I have always just bought it in a can) :( My mom's idea of cooking usually involved whatever came out of a can or box so *real* cooking wasn't what I was taught. I am trying to learn more than what I learned from her so thank you for clarifying. It sounds like you are saying I should just mix water and sugar to make the coconut stick. These treats look so yummy & fun! I can't wait to bring them for our children's holiday party. Thanks again for sharing this great idea :)

HollyHarken (author)luvfunstuff2012-12-13

Luvfunstuff frosting is made with butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. The ratio is generally one stick of butter to 2 cups of powdered sugar and a little water or corn syrup to thin it out. Stay away from adding milk as it will spoil at room temperature.

My mom cooked from scratch so that how I cook. Best of luck learning how to cook from scratch!

girlcousin (author)luvfunstuff2012-12-13

Actually, I always make my own frosting. The fresh is just so much better. I think it is just because there aren't the preservatives in made from scratch that give the canned a, well, 'canned' flavor! Homemade frosting recipes are also pretty easy.

pattiemelt (author)2012-12-13

Google Translate defines "mark" in German as pith, pulp or marrow. So it's accurate for what you meant; the English usage of the word "mark" just means something different.

Nice 'ible. I love 3D cookies, and this is a great easy recipe for the kids to help make. You could also add some colored sprinkles or other candy decorations for garland or ornaments to have a decorated tree. I think I'll try that!!

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