This recipe simply uses normal cookie cutter cookie dough, powdered sugar, and candies sold at the dollar store. I will mainly explain how to make the Christmas Tree here. You should also try to place it on top of a cake.
Prepare the cookie dough. It needs to be put in the freezer, so you need to prepare it first.
Cut out the cookie shapes. Roll out the dough to 5 mm thick.
Cut out 6 pointed stars in the sizes of 16 cm, 11 cm, 6 cm, and 4 cm, making a total of 4 stars.
From the same batter, cut out a 6 cm diameter circle to use for the tree trunk.
Place the cut batter between two sheets of saran wrap and freeze. Freezing prevents the dough from crumbling during baking.
In an oven preheated to 160°C, bake for roughly 15 minutes. Cool completely.
Make the icing. Mix the lemon juice and the water into the powdered sugar. The icing becomes watery very fast, so add it drop by drop and adjust accordingly.
Pour the icing into a piping bag to use as an adhesive to stick the tree together. From the bottom, 2 circles -->star-->mini cream puffs-->star, etc.
This recipe makes a lot of icing, but if there's not enough icing, it becomes hard to squeeze out of the bag. If you want to decrease the amount, do so appropriately.
I shifted the points of the stars while layering. As you can see in the picture, I used the extra icing for decorating.
If you use 2 batches of cookie dough, you can make this much. Using a lot of colorful snacks from the supermarket makes it look very nice.
This year, I changed the design of the train, but refer to Recipe ID: 475903 for the instructions.
This is a close-up of the ornaments. They're held by twirling wire. I made the holes in the cookies when I cut the shapes with a straw.
On Christmas Day, I used the cookie tree as a cake topper.
Story Behind this Recipe
These decorations are an every year traditio,n but this year, 2008, I added a mini version of the train from Recipe ID: 475903 and simply made this tree. I also added the ornaments. This recipe also made an appearance in the December 16 & 25, 2008 editions of "Gohan Nikki" (Food Journal)
Since the dough needs to be frozen, prepare it and cut out the shapes beforehand. Doing it the day before is also okay. Just so you know, I made the dough, cut the shapes, baked, and built it all on different days. In our family, we enjoy eating the cookies bit by bit before Christmas, like an advent calendar!