Holidays, Snowy Cookie Tree

We got a surprise from Mother Nature on Friday

And we had a good old fashioned Snow Day

It was predicted and schools were closed and for once, many were home safe before the world turned white

The snowy trees were all the inspiration I needed to create a sweet snowy tree

With Christmas cookies from Trader Joe’s, sprinkles and buttercream icing, this was a quick project

I played with the arrangement of cookies before I started “gluing” them together

The colored frosted cookies are anchored to the plate with a dollop of icing and then more icing holds the cookies in place as they are layered and stacked

2 gingerbread men iced together are on top

Snowballs of icing grab sprinkles and snowflakes on the tree “boughs”

This is going to be a surprise for the littles today, when they come over to decorate gingerbread houses

They had so much fun last year, it has quickly become a tradition

The key to success was hot gluing the houses together before they got here so they could start decorating right away

Instead of the icing that came in the kits we used canned icing, much easier!

The houses were so much fun to have for decorations!

Do you think I should let them eat the cookie tree or save it for a decoration?

Snowy Cookie Tree

This dessert tree doubles as a table decoration!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2-3 dozen cookies
  • homemade buttercream icing or canned icing
  • sprinkles
  • buttercream icing
  • 1/2 stick 4 T unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-4 T milk or cream
  • 1 tsp almond emulsion or vanilla


  • Arrange cookies in layers starting with the biggest layer on the bottom and gradually tapering to a small layer at the top.
  • Use dollops of icing to secure bottom layer of cookies to plate and then securing additional layers with more icing.  Place small “snowballs” of icing on cookie tips and edges and sprinkle tree with decorations like sparkling sugar, snowflakes and colored sprinkles.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature
Keyword easy cookie tree, Holiday dessert and decoration, Snowy Cookie Tree

This is a great project to do with children too, if they’re not out playing in the snow!

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21 Responses to “Holidays, Snowy Cookie Tree”
  1. Jenna, what an adorable cookie tree, and for sure yummy! I know your Little’s were excited and I have a feeling they enjoyed. Making gingerbread houses must have been a really fun project. You are a fun-loving grandmother! Happy Sunday!

  2. Rita C. says:

    How adorable. I hope you let the little eat the cookie tree – life is short! And I love your method for the gingerbread workshop. I’m sure that saves a lot of frustration, both for the little littles, and for Grandma!

  3. Really fun cookie tree! It looked much the same around here with almost 10 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday. It is warmer today, but I doubt I can get out until tomorrow afternoon.

  4. Jodi says:

    Have fun with the Little’s! ❤️

  5. That cake looks sooo yummy, Jenna. Cute pics of the little ones. Enjoy your Sunday.

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh Jenna, let the littles eat! What a cute and fun idea. Love the gingerbread houses and a good start by gluing the house together. No fun when little ones get the house together an it starts to slide apart, yikes! Pretty snow pics. Have a good week.

  7. Nancy says:

    Fabulous! Your Cookie Tree brought a smile to my face! We loved it!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    The snow has its own way of decorating! ❄️🎄❄️ Looks like the kiddos are having fun! 😍

  9. debra cantales says:

    Sweet pics of the little ones! I’m sure they had fun!

  10. Lynn says:

    Our snow came on Saturday Jenna, it was really beautiful to see!

  11. Jacqueline says:

    We are still waiting for snow! It is amazing how much snow the south got!
    The tree is just adorable! I say since it is so easy to make – let them eat it and make another! We did the premade houses this year the day after Thanksgiving. I loved the houses and the candy but the frosting was horrible! I said next year we make our own! Theirs turned out so cute!

  12. Kitty says:

    Wow…all that snow!!! The cookie tree is adorable, Jenna, and thanks for the inspiration. Your littles look like they’re having fun decorating their houses. You’re such a fun grandma!!!

  13. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love the snowy cookie tree. What a cute idea! And the snow is still everywhere up here….I wish it would melt already and dry because the Westies keep tracking in the muddy slush!

  14. Very cute, Jenna! I love the idea!

    Boy — you have more snow than we do, though it’s falling today. Rick was going to ride his bike down in your territory after his trade show but when he heard about the weather, came home!

  15. Mary says:

    An adorable snowy day project Jenna! I wish I had littles to decorate gingerbread houses with 🙂

  16. Sandra Garth says:

    I love this as an edible centerpiece and thanks for planting the idea. Thanks also for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story.

  17. Darling Cookie tree! Your snow pics were so pretty, too. Glad y’all had some excitement.I’ve been doing a lot of entertaining so I’ve not been on the computer for a while.
    Your LIttles are adorable.What fun they have at Grandmother’s house.

  18. Miz Helen says:

    Love your construction team for the Gingerbread House, nothing better at Christmas! Your Cookie Tree is adorable and wouldn’t last long here. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for the party!
    Merry Christmas,
    Miz Helen

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