The holiday baking is finished, presents wrapped (well, not really...I still have more wrapping to do!) and the angel placed atop the Christmas tree. During WWII, my Dad who was in the Navy and stationed in Miami, usually had leave at the end of January. My maternal grandmother and his future mother-in-law at the time would keep the Christmas tree up until he came home with his presents beneath the tree. I can imagine the tree was a fire hazard by January’s end but I always thought what a heartfelt act and certainly a wonderful homecoming sight.

I know this is the second Christmas tree I’ve posted but I have two tree cutters. You see, I couldn’t decide which one to buy so I purchased both! This is a simple design with added touches of glitter to the tree and snow on branches. Don’t the snowy branches bring to mind a wintry scene, a la Currier & Ives? Well kinda! We had pine trees bordering my childhood home and after a snowfall the evergreens were so beautiful covered in snow. Best of all, it meant lots of sledding fun!

Christmas Tree Cookies
Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Purple with AmeriColor Violet and AmeriColor Regal Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Gold Luster Dust
CK White Sanding Sugar
Meringue Powder

Outline cookie with #2 tip in purple icing.

Flood cookie with purple icing.

With paintbrush flick gold luster dust onto cookie. Let dry 30 minutes.

Pipe detail onto tree branches with white flood icing.
Using a toothpick spread icing to resemble snowy branches. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp Meringue Powder and Tsp Water. Stir until smooth. 
 Using a paintbrush apply to white snow and tree trunk.

Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.


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  1. such a beautiful posting...I love the purple and the snow!!!
    So pretty.

    1. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Happy Holidays!

  2. I like the fact that these are so original.
    Very pretty!

    1. Thank you. My favorite part of these cookies is the glittering snow. Happy Holidays!

  3. Love the story of your Dad and the Christmas tree. Your purple trees are pretty too! Merry Christmas Joan. It's been a pleasure getting to know you these past several months. All the best to you, your family and this blog throughout 2014.

    1. Paula, Thank you and I appreciate your support during this past year. I enjoy viewing your beautiful cookies and I look forward to your creations in 2014. Happy Holidays!

  4. Its all colorful, love to see those over and over again, i really want to go back to my childhood, gather cookies and put it all on my jar on my room, these cookies gonna make my jar shinny. Thank you for sharing, have a great new year. Regards

    1. Ros, Thank you and I appreciate your visit to the Cookie Clinic. Happy New Year to you too!

  5. I always wonder how many cookie cutters you must have, Joan! These are just beautiful. I'm so glad you used this beautiful shade of purple. It's such an upbeat color! And I love how you always have such attention to detail. Right down to the sugar on the tree trunk. So pretty! So glad to have met you through blogging! I hope you have a wonderful happy and healthy new year! : )

    1. Anne, Thank you! I appreciate your support and kind words. Happy New Year!


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