It's December 5th and we are knee deep in all things Christmas and we couldn't be happier about it! Seriously I feel like there isn't enough time in the day to make all the recipes I want to make! But if y'all are going to any Christmas or cookie exchange parties I highly suggest these ombre Christmas tree gingerbread cookies! Not only are they super delicious but they really look beautiful and stand out with no decorating skills required.
And I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or having less free time but I used to be all about making everything from scratch. And while I still think it's worth it depending on what you're making I've found that using some short cuts, especially when you're short on time is worth it! I made these cookies using gingerbread cookie mix I got from target and it was so yummy!
So start by making your cookies based on the directions on the package or whatever recipe you use, roll out your dough to 1/4" thick and cut out your shapes with your cookie cutters. Then make your buttercream frosting, I use THIS recipe all the time and it's always good. Once you make your frosting portion out 1/5 of it and put it in a smaller bowl and add a little bit of green gel food coloring. I'm not sure exactly how much I used but I just mixed it until it was a light green color I liked then filled my disposable piping bag and my wilton number 18 tip
I had two different size christmas tree cookie cutter so for the smaller trees I piped 4 rows of the light green on the top and for the bigger trees I piped 5 rows of light green plus the "star" on top of the tree. Then I put another 1/5th of the icing in the same bowl as before and added more green coloring until I reached a shade a green I like just a couples shades darker, then piped two rows with that color. I continued this process until I reached a very dark green color for the bottom of the trees.
And that's it! So simple but tell me these don't look like gourmet cookies! And they are every bit as yummy as they are pretty!
Soma & Ulte