Christmas Family Tree Cookies {with printable toppers}

This week my family and I are enjoying a little vacation at the “Happiest place on earth,” Disneyland!  My amazingly talented friend Callye (Sweet Sugar Belle) graciously agreed to fill in a bit while I’m away.  Callye is the queen of cookies and as with any cookie Callye creates, the special project she created just for Glorious Treats readers is fun, original and simply beautiful!  Now, I’ll pass it over to Callye…

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Hi, I’m Callye, AKA SweetSugarBelle, and I’m hanging out here while Glory is on vacation with her family.

Glory and I have been long time friends so I was excited when she asked me to do a special Christmas cookie post in her absence.  When she told me what she had in mind, I instantly thought of some of my favorite childhood Christmas ornaments.

You’ll have to excuse their condition.  My mom made these over 24 years ago and they are definitely showing their age.  I love the story they tell.  1988 was the year my brother was born, which meant a new ornament.  Each year at Christmas,  these were one of three or four ornaments I waited for as we unwrapped.  I love it that I was able to translate them into cookies.

In this case, I made them a little larger, so they could be wrapped and used as a “cookie card”…

Now let’s decorate!

Begin a few days in advance by using thicker flood icing that I refer to as 20-second icing to make round royal icing transfers.  To do this, tape wax or parchment paper onto a cookie sheet, pipe out several flesh colored rounds, and let dry overnight or longer.  For more information on this technique click HERE.

If you need a little help with fleshtone, I also have a helpful article that can be viewed HERE.

To decorate these cookies you will need:

  • green piping and flood icing
  • brown piping and flood icing
  • red 20-second icing
  • stiff white piping icing
  • flesh colored transfers
  • black food color marker
  • large red candy beads
  • icing in the hair color of each family member

To make these cookies, follow the steps below…

  1. Outline the cookie with green and brown icing (as shown).
  2. Fill the green portion or the tree.
  3. Carefully drop face transfers onto wet green icing.
  4. Use tweezers to drop red candy beads {ornaments} onto the wet green icing.

Let the cookies dry overight.  The next day follow these steps…

  1. Fill the trunk with brown flood icing.
  2. Use a black food color marker to add faces to the transfers.
  3. Add hair to each family member, leaving them bald on top to make room for Santa hats.  This ALWAYS gives me the giggles.
  4. Use red 20-second icing to add hats to each family member.

Finally, let the hats dry then add fur to the hats and add a personal message.  For the cap I used a #13 tip and for the writing a PME #1.5.

Let the cookies dry completely then package them for family and friends.  Glory designed these pretty printables to make this quick and easy.

(click here) Printable Christmas Treat Bag Toppers

Just print the toppers and follow Glory’s instructions HERE.

Thank you for allowing me to share one of my favorite memories with you today, Glory!  I hope everyone enjoys this cookie project.  If you would like to visit me, hop on over to my blog, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle. I’m always up to my ears in cookies, and I’d be glad to see you.

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Thanks so much to Callye for filling my shoes while I’m enjoying some family time!  I love these personalized cookies so much and can’t wait to give them a try myself!

Happy Baking!

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46 Responses to “Christmas Family Tree Cookies {with printable toppers}”

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    Meg@MegaCrafty — December 1, 2011 at 2:47 am

    These are so cute- great idea. And I love that your inspiration was the family ornaments your mom made.

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    miss b — December 1, 2011 at 2:59 am

    What a great post – these cookies absolutely adorable!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

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    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — December 1, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Stunning. Stunning! I can't get over how amazing these are Callye! Love!!!

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    Karen - Trilogy Edibles — December 1, 2011 at 5:30 am

    as always these are genius!

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    Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more — December 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I love these, I really think royal icing is going to be something I need to try soon.

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    MrsFoxsSweets — December 1, 2011 at 6:32 am

    These are fabulous! Love them!

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    jo-lyn — December 1, 2011 at 6:54 am

    these are fabulous! what a great idea!

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    sharon vitullo — December 1, 2011 at 7:06 am

    So cute I am going to do these instead of writing Christmas cards to the neighbours, just got to figure out how to make the dog lol

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    tina — December 1, 2011 at 7:10 am

    these are awesome!!

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    Strawberry Monday Clothing Resale — December 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

    These are awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart — December 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Love, Love, LOVE these!

    http://www.larkscountryheart.com/

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    Amy — December 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Darling! Just wow.

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    Knitrageous — December 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Boy, guess it's time to get out the clay! The poor old ornaments have seen better days! Now there are so many of us we'd have to do a giant tree! :)

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    Anonymous — December 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Please do a Christmas cupcake in a jar post! I'd love to make for my co-workers!

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    Karyl — December 1, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Those are the cutest cookies ever! How can you not smile while looking at those? I know I can't! I nominated Glorious Treats for a Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my post here:

    http://ilovethishusbandandwifestuff.com/2011/12/01/versatile-blogger-award/

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    Bea @ CancunCOOKIES — December 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Two of my favorite friends together!!! Love the story behind those COOKIES, Callye! xox

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    Carrie — December 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    That reminds me of some hand painted dough ornaments we had on our tree as a kid- love that you recreated as a cookie.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love that you have the original cookies your mom made. What a wonderful idea.

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    Le petit monde de Giselle — December 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    So lovely!!!

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    Joy Adams — December 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    So very cute. Callye you did a great job. I never thought I would see my sister and her family in cookie form. Too cute and priceless to eat.

    Way to go Glory on selecting a guest blogger. Enjoy what is left of your vacation. You deserve it.

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    Sue — December 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    These have GOT to be THE CUTEST Christmas cookies ever! I love that they are so personalized! I just LOVE them so much!!!

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    mividaenundulce — December 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    This is a fantastic idea. Family trees to give as presents. It looks a hard work to do, but I guess if we start in advance, maybe it is not so.

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    holidayrecipes — December 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    These look like the perfect holiday gift. I usually send christmas cards, but this year I've been looking for creative ways to send holiday greetings to my relatives. I think these christmas ornament cookies are a really good idea. I especially love how you took a picture of each step in the decorating, i think it's really easy to follow. I'll try making them with my mother in law.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    Laura S. — December 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Wow! Those are fantastic…beautiful job!

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    Asmita — December 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    The most gorgeous cookies I have seen. Wow, you are incredibly talented! Love it.

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    Cristin (Pinkie) — December 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    super duper adorable! Love this fun idea! Thanks Callye & Glory!

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    Nicole (Life's a Batch) — December 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    We have an ornament just like this! It was a gift from an online friend back in 2004, and she had it personalized with all our names. It is still one of my very favorite ornaments, and your cookies are PERFECT replicas!

    Also, Glory, it *WAS* too funny to see your bald head with the long, long hair! ;-)

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    oh my goodness these are so adorable!! love how they resemble the original so much wonderful work Callye.
    Glory, hope you are having a wonderful time, I'm close to disneyland… so I'm waving hi to you right now :)

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    the decorated cookie — December 2, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Love this! Have to link on Edible Crafts :).

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    Elizabeth — December 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Too cute!

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    Cecilia — December 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Super cute! You'll want to save them for at least 24 years! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

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    Jim Gratiot — December 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    These are amazing, Callye… but what do you do if you've got 5 kids like me? Bigger cookies or smaller people?

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 3, 2011 at 6:05 am

    These are adorable! I would love to do these. My family and friends would get a kick out of this.

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    Amaranta — December 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Love them!! They are very cute.

    Kisses from Spain!!

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    Amy of FL — December 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hi, My name is Amy. Your site is great. You have such wonderful ideas and a great eye for decorating. Thank you.
    Amy of FL

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    Giselle — December 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I think I'll use these instead of sending out traditional Christmas cards. Thanks for the super idea!

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    Hammleta@hotmail.com — December 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for the inspiration!! Love making cookies but I am always looking for new ideas.

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    A Spoonful of Yumm — December 14, 2011 at 2:59 am

    so cute !! happy holidays :-)

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    Carolina Ivanov — December 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I am trying to make the round faces for the family tree cookies…but they got stuck over the wax paper…so I´m trying plastic bags…
    My blog is http://www.bombomdeacucar.blogspot.com

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    April — February 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    That has got to be the cutest thing! You're amazing!

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    Angell @ Passionate and Creative Homemaking — July 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I featured this today on my Christmas in July Celebration

    http://passionateandcreativehomemaking.blogspot.com/2012/07/day-9-christmas-in-july.html

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    Melanie — July 16, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I can’t wait to make these for Christmas! So much more fun than cards.

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    Carolina — October 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Me encanta tu trabajo.

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    Vicky — December 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love the family tree Christmas cookie. What size cookie cutter is this and where would you purchase it?. You do a fabulous job and the cookies are all so beautiful. This is something I have wanted to do for family and friends for a long time and I finally found someone who gives great information and also recipes and tutorials. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing. Vicky

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