'Tis the season for Christmas baking!

Every year, several families take part in Christmas cookie decorating or baking days. It can be fun but stressful if you have kids. The kids want to help so finding the perfect way to incorporate them is key. This Sugar Cookie Tree recipe will make your kids Christmas cookie dreams come true (hello, all that icing)!

Here's what you need:

tube sugar cookie dough
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. heavy cream
green food coloring
1/2 tsp. salt

Christmas nonpareils

Yellow mini m&ms or sprinkle stars

1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a medium cookie sheet with parchment paper. Make balls 1, 2, and 3 teaspoons large. Place on baking sheet and bake 5 minutes, remove smallest cookies and bake 3-4 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooking rack.

2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined, then add vanilla, heavy cream, food coloring, and salt and beat until combined. Add more food coloring until desired color is reached. Transfer to a piping bag with a medium star tip.

3. Onto the largest cookie, pipe a circle of frosting. Top with the medium cookie, pipe another circle of frosting, and top with the smallest cookie. Pipe a point on the smallest cookie. Decorate with sprinkles and top with a sprinkle star or a small yellow m&m. Serve.

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