Gingerbread Christmas Trees

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Soft, thick gingerbread cookies shaped like a Christmas tree. Decorate with colorful m&m’s and frosting to hang your own ornaments. Such a fun and festive treat to make this time of year!

GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS TREES | soft & thick gingerbread cookies decorated with m&m ornaments!

Welcome to day 7 of 12 DAYOCHRISTMACOOKIE!!

 I have never really loved gingerbread. The smell of gingerbread cooking is one of my favorites but the taste, not so much. Most recipes seem too “spicy”, bitter, thin & crispy cookie —> which if you have read this blog for any amount of time, you know I dislike (strongly) thin and crispy cookies 🙂

I have been trying lots of different gingerbread cookie recipes and I think I’ve nailed it. These cookies are so soft, thick, and they have that perfect mix of gingerbread spice/cinnamon flavor without being too much. My kids gobbled these cookies up!

GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS TREES | soft & thick gingerbread cookie decorated with mini m&m's and sprinkles!

Plus, they are so fun to decorate. I just bought some cheap frosting tubes and a bag of mini m&m’s. You can find the mini m&m’s either in the baking aisle or the candy aisle. The bags look different but they are the same.


Use the frosting as a “glue” for the ornaments and you can also use sprinkles.

GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS TREES | soft & thick gingerbread cookies decorated with m&m's!

Aren’t they so cute?! These were one of our favorites to make and I have a feeling that these will become a yearly tradition for us. My kids already told me that “We have to make these for Santa!! He will love them!!”

They were very proud of their Christmas tree decorating and told me they wanted a picture of it. I thought these cookies were too cute not to share 🙂 Normally, I am a perfectionist when it comes to baking and presentation, but it felt good to just let them do what they want and decorate how they wanted to.

GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS TREES | fun Christmas activity to get the kids involved in!

They are not the most perfectly decorated cookie but I know these made my kids proud. Sometimes its hard to have little helpers in the kitchen, but I have always seen the sense of pride that kids get when they make something on their own and then they can eat it.

Put these gingerbread Christmas cookies on your list of activities his month. Or make them for a party, a cookie exchange, or just to snack on at the house! Your house will smell amazing and these cute little trees will make everyone happy 🙂

Yields 30-36 cookies

Gingerbread Christmas Trees

You can find molasses near the pancake syrup and corn syrup, usually in the breakfast aisle.

PLAN AHEAD: dough has to be refrigerated for 2 hours

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  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • mini m&m's, frosting tubes


  • In large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses and blend together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt. Stir together with a wire whisk.
  • Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend together. Add the other other half and blend together until it is all combined.
  • Mixture will be crumbly, but form into a "ball" and put it in a bowl and cover with saran wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • On a surface that is lightly floured, dump your dough on it and let it rest and come to room temperature (10-15 minutes) so it's easier to work with.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Roll dough out to 1/4" thickness and cut your Christmas tree shape. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat liner ( I fit 10 to a sheet).
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5-10 minutes and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  • Decorate using the mini m&m's, frosting, and sprinkles.

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    December 7, 2015 at 7:31 am Will definitely have to try these! I love the ones your kids decorated, that is precious. Thanks for a great recipe!
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      Together As Family
      December 7, 2015 at 8:34 pm Thanks Cortney :) I hope you can try it, they really are yummy & fun to decorate!
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    December 17, 2015 at 1:39 am I hate molasses/gingerbread cookies, too. I make them for a friend each year. My family likes them, too. I need to try these next year. Good job letting your children help. They did a good job! I'm so happy to see pictures that are true to real life sometimes on blogs.
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      Together As Family
      December 17, 2015 at 9:45 am Thanks Anne :) My kids love helping in the kitchen, the only obstacle is me being ok with the messes, fights over who gets what frosting and sprinkles first..... you know the usual :) I'm still cleaning up sprinkles on the floor from these cookies. I figured it would be fun to share their cookies they decorated because they were so proud of them. Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comment. Made my day.
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    Kimberly Kantorik
    November 30, 2018 at 4:29 am I have pans with traditional gingerbread men molds. You've inspired me to dig them out and try your recipe. I'll be lucky if my decorating skills are as good as your children's. Are they available to help me? :) They did an awesome job!
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