Hmm .... It's Christmas time. So did you think of making a Christmas tree at home ? And what about making a Christmas tree to which we can eat !
Voila !! Heard right. The Christmas tree can be eaten and also can be a center piece of attraction on the dining table of a Christmas party. These are made by stacking up some frosted cookies largest to smallest and finally decorated by a variety of Christmas sprinkles. Here I have used the chocolate cookies which are eggless too. So lets go in detail step by step method of preparation of these beautiful eggless Christmas tree chocolate cookies.
Shift all purpose flour and cocoa powder in a bowl. Keep aside.
Take butter (at room temperature) and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until light and fluffy using hand / electric whisk.
Next add baking powder, oil, water and vanilla essence. Whisk again until everything incorporate well.
Now add dry ingredients to the fluffy mixture and mix well to get a sticky dough.
Wrap the dough with a cling film and freeze for 10-15 minutes.
After 10-15 minutes, take out the dough from refrigerator. Divide the dough into 1 tbsp size balls.
Combine three 1 tbsp balls and make a big ball. Give any shape or just flatten.
Combine two 1 tbsp balls and make a medium ball. Give any shape or just flatten.
Give any shape to some 1 tbsp balls or just flatten.
Remember, there should be an even no. of each variety of balls as well as even shape.
The measurements given here result into 10 big balls, 10 medium balls and 10 small balls.
Before you take the dough out from refrigerator and flatten, preheat the oven at 180 deg C.
Transfer the big flatten balls to a baking sheet leaving 1 inch space between each cookie as these tend to expand. Bake for 15 minutes.
Transfer the medium flatten balls to another baking sheet leaving 1 inch space between and bake for 15 minutes.
Transfer the small flatten balls to another baking sheet leaving 1 inch space between and bake for 11-12 minutes.
Remove from oven, place all the cookies on a wire rack to cool down completely.
Meanwhile start the frosting part. Take butter (at room temperature) in a bowl and whisk until pale and yellow using hand / electric whisk.
Add powdered sugar (1 cup), whisk until light and fluffy.
Next add water and vanilla essence. Whisk for 2-3 minutes.
Now add rest 1/2 cup powdered sugar and whisk again until everything incorporate well. Frosting part is done.
To assemble the Christmas tree, take a large serving plate. Place all the big cookies on the plate leaving 1/2 inch space in between.
Take a piping bag fitted with a medium star nozzle. Fill it with the frosting.
Pipe a swirl of frosting on top of the big cookies. Then place the medium cookies over the frosting of big cookies and pipe a swirl of frosting on top of the medium cookies.
Then place the small cookies over the frosting of medium cookies and pipe a swirl of frosting on top of the small cookies.
Decorate each layer of frosting with Christmas tree sprinkles.
Keep the Christmas tree chocolate cookies in refrigerator until serve. While serving, just take out of the refrigerator, serve cookies individually by separating layers !
Since different size of cookies are there, so prefer to bake even size of cookies at a time.
Any other Christmas sprinkles can be added as per choice.
Myself Sasmita, an ex-software engineer by profession and food blogger by passion. I am the creator, writer & photographer of ' http://firsttimercook.com/ '. In every recipe, I share my thoughts about food, give cooking as well as baking tips.