My kids love to help around the kitchen, they especially love to help if it involves things like cookies or chocolate. What do they like more than cooking you ask? Crafts. While trying to come up with a fun Christmas activity we could all do together I decided we should do both! Why not combine the cooking and the craft? That’s when I came up with edible Christmas trees! They are fun to make, fun to decorate, super cute and kid approved. They are a little messy but that didn’t seem to bother the kids at all.
To make these adorable treats you will need:
Cookie dough* (store bought or use your favorite recipe)
Green Wilton Candy Melts (1 bag will coat approx. 9 trees)
A Muffin Pan
And, most importantly, a few adorable helpers!
My kids are 3, 5 and 8 and all of them enjoyed this activity.
*Whatever cookie dough you decide to use, I suggest having it refrigerated so that it’s nice and firm and you can easily cut it into chunks with a knife. If it starts to warm up it gets much messier.
Let’s get started!
Cut up your cookie dough into small strips or pieces. We used some pre-made chocolate chip and sugar since it’s a busy time of year around here.
Break a few inches off of a pretzel rod and put it into a sugar cone. Hold the cone in one hand and press the chunks of cookie dough around the pretzel rod gently. Try to get it on all sides so the rod will stay centered and look like a tree trunk after they are cooked (it also makes a great place to hold the tree while you eat it). Don’t pack the dough in as it will expand as it cooks and crack the cone. Just stick the chunks in the cone and leave a little space so it doesn’t rise out of the cone while it’s cooking.
Baking the trees is a little tricky. I tore off big pieces of foil and folded them down into strips then wrapped the strips around the point end of the trees. Once the were wrapped I stuffed them into the cups of a muffin pan. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds, I swear! I baked them on 350 for around 13 minutes. Use the directions for the dough you use and cook them until they are starting to brown on top. Let the trees cool completely before moving on.
While the trees are cooling, cut an “X” into the bottom of your Styrofoam cups. You’ll need one for each tree.
Place the trees into the bottom of the cup by pushing the pretzel rod through the “X”. This makes coating them with the candy melts much easier and less messy.
Melt the candy melts according to the package directions. Spoon the candy melts onto the trees and spread over the cone. It doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth or pretty, in fact the cones my oldest did turned out really neat with the small peaks of candy melt it had. My 8 year old was able to put the candy melt on his own tree but my 5 and 3 year old preferred that I do it so they could get right to the decorating.
While the candy melts is still sticky let your kids decorate the trees with sprinkles to make ornaments. If your kids are anything like mine, these are going to be VERY decorated trees! This is the messy part. Somehow the candy melts ended up in my daughters hair and all over my son’s face. They ended up getting it all over their fingers when they put the ornaments on, but they had no complaints about licking it off (you might not want to lick your fingers constantly if you’re giving the trees to someone else). I taped some parchment paper to the table to try to contain the mess as much as possible.
Set the trees aside and allow the candy melt to harden. I put our trees in cookie pop bags I got at Walmart. You can find them with the rest of the Wilton decorating supplies in the craft department.
Sit back and enjoy this sweetness overload! My kids LOVED these. They thought they were a lot of fun to make and delicious.
I hope you and your little elves enjoy making these fun Christmas treats. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
About the Author
Cassie Jacobs is a homeschooling mom to 3 wild kids. She writes about life as a mom, homeschooling, food and DIY on her site http://www.quithittingyoursister.com.