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…


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.


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!


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

  2. What a great post – these cookies absolutely adorable!

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

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

  5. These are fabulous! Love them!

  6. these are fabulous! what a great idea!

  7. 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

  8. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. 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! 🙂

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

  11. 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:

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

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

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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 🙂

  19. Wow! Those are fantastic…beautiful job!

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

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

  22. 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! 😉

  23. 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 🙂

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

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

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

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

  28. Love them!! They are very cute.

    Kisses from Spain!!

  29. 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

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

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

  32. so cute !! happy holidays 🙂

  33. 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

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

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

  36. 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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  39. Hi Glory,  My name is Kristin.  I make about 9-12 different types of cookies & candies at Christmastime.  For family of course, but also for my husband’s clients!  He has his own business that keeps growing every year, Praise God!  I always package each cookie type separately for two reasons.  Number 1.  In case anyone has an allergy to something and number 2.  So the peanut blossoms don’t taste like the peppermint meltaways
      I came across your Pin “Christmas Cookies and Cute Packaging” from December 2010!
    My question for you is, what did you use at the top of the bag to seal it of?  The paper or whatever you used was peppermint candies and you attached Merry Christmas ribbon to it!  I would LOVE to make these for this year!!!  I had ordered some self sealing bags on Amazon, but  they were 3×3.  After I bag them, I put them all into a tin which my husband then delivers.  It’s funny he had a new client in 2017 and in January at their meeting he said to my husband, “you must’ve bought those cookies from a high end grocery store or expensive bakery, they were excellent!  Where’re they from?”  My husband told him, no my wife made those and the guy said “but they were all wrapped up nice and separate”!.  So that’s the effort and time I put into this.  I grew up with my Mother making just as much as I do and I actually help her bake her cookies also!   Thank you, sorry I rambled ‍♀️‍♀️

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