Merry Christmas! I like desserts that are minty! I’m out of eggs! Butter melting!
Oops, I had myself set to “Christmas-baking-frenzy” mode. Crrrank–POP! There, that’s better.
In case you’re wondering how to spend the last Saturday before Christmas or which cookies to bake for your guests or where you placed your Scotch tape, then you’re in the right place! (Except for the Scotch tape. You’re on your own there.)
If my childhood at Christmastime could have a flavor then it would be these minty Christmas tree sugar cookies that Momma has made every year since bell bottoms roamed the earth:
A tree cut-out with green sugar may look a little humble. Boring even.
And what kind of flavor combination is mint and sugar cookie anyway?
But, oh just you wait! I’ve brought these to several gatherings and watched peoples’ faces light up as they took their first bite. Plus, I always go home with an empty platter.
So if you’re looking for another tasty treat to add to your tradition, roll out a batch of my Momma’s Minty Christmas Tree Cookies!
Minty Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies
If you already have a favorite sugar cookie recipe, please feel free to use it! Otherwise, here is my go-to sugar cookie recipe.
Add 1/2 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract to the “wet” ingredients of your dough.
Next, add several drops of green food coloring. (I used about 7 drops of blue and 9 drops of green food coloring.)
Next, beat the wet mixture until smooth and grinchy:
Stir in the flour mixture.
Cook’s Tip: you might want to add a couple tablespoons of flour extra to compensate for the added moisture of the food coloring.
Chill dough, roll out, cut and bake as usual.
While cookies are cooling, whip up the pièce de résistance: the mint frosting.
In a large bowl, add:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- a heaping tablespoon shortening
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 2-3 tablespoons milk, to start
Mix ingredients until smooth. If you can pull the spoon away to make a smooth peak in the frosting, it is loose enough to use.
If the frosting is too stiff, add another teaspoon of milk and stir.
Cook’s Note: Very little milk is needed to loosen frosting. Add it a teaspoon at a time.
Frost your minty trees with the greatest of ease and then give them my Momma’s signature touch: a sprinkling of green sugar. 🙂
Allow frosting to dry before storing in an air-tight container. Place sheets of wax paper between each layer of cookies to prevent a big ol’ mess.
Perhaps you are all baked out for Christmas. Perhaps you cannot bear to look at another cookie.
No worries. These are also a hit come St. Patrick’s Day…
But for now, have a very merry Saturday-before-Christmas doing very festive, Christmasy things!
Smile and enjoy a cookie!