mom2csc Posted 27 Nov 2006 , 11:26pm
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anyone made one of these before? How is it done? What holds the cookies together?

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Mac Posted 27 Nov 2006 , 11:35pm
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Are you talking about the graduated stars trees?
If so, after each star cookie is iced and dried, you stack them and use royal icing to glue.

mom2csc Posted 28 Nov 2006 , 12:12am
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thats what i was talking about, THANKS!
LL

cookiemookie Posted 28 Nov 2006 , 1:48am
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I just bought a set to make these. I believe it has 10 cutters.

Do I make two of each size to get the height?

I've never done one of these.

wigglesj Posted 28 Nov 2006 , 2:32am
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Originally Posted by cookiemookie

I just bought a set to make these. I believe it has 10 cutters.

Do I make two of each size to get the height?




It looks like that. I'd say you have the right idea.

ButtercreamCakeArtist Posted 28 Nov 2006 , 3:57am
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I believe the pic on here (in this thread) shows the tree made with two of each size. The regular one calls for just one of each, though.
I got these cutters only recently, and I cannot wait to make some trees!

Mac Posted 28 Nov 2006 , 4:37am
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I made one a few years back...OK...15 years ago.
Bought the set and have since lost it.

I now make them mini trees with the star cookie cutters that I have now. I have several different sizes and make either 2 or 3 of each sizes. They are really fun to make. I have decorated them in green icing and white icing with sparkles on the tips.

BarbaraK Posted 28 Nov 2006 , 5:44am
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This looks like a great idea. I might try to make one this year.

mikaza Posted 29 Nov 2006 , 4:10pm
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I knew if I looked I would find something on here about that very tree!!

What recipes do you recommend for making it (cookies and icing)

About how tall do you think it is when all done?

Thanks!

anne4588 Posted 29 Nov 2006 , 4:24pm

Hey there, I dug up my cookie tree kit and the instructions are for 2 of each size, regular sugar cookie dough ( gingerbread,rice krispies) and it shows the trees decorated , green with white "snow icing" ,all white decorated as snowflakes, red bow on top, and rice krispies with sprinkles.
All 3 use royal icing to "glue" together.
I am making them for my "group" and putting them in buckets with small cookies & candies around them. tied up with cello-paper and ribbon.
In my mind they will be wonderful... icon_rolleyes.gif
Have a Merry Christmas.
Anne

sarge1 Posted 29 Nov 2006 , 4:29pm

Now you all have me interested...where did you get the cutters, or what brand are they?
Thanks!

mcalhoun Posted 29 Nov 2006 , 4:32pm

I think I will make one too. I want to go home right now and get started! I sure wish I could stay home and bake! icon_sad.gif

anne4588 Posted 29 Nov 2006 , 4:35pm

I found my @ Old Time Pottery, but any cake store or Craft store(at least by me, carry them) They are a Wilton set and when I bought them (when??? last year the year before) they were $8.00.
There are a lot of cookies (20) and it make for a great presentation either on a Christmas plate or on a cake stand.
My daycare kids decorated one last year and then we had the fun of eating it.

cookiemookie Posted 29 Nov 2006 , 6:45pm

I got mine for 6.99 at the Reimans Outlet(Taste of Home ,Reiman Publications Visitors Center.) I live near there.

It came with 10 cutters,two disposable pastry bags,two cheapie plastic tips and vague instructions. Not a bad deal!

I'm thinking they are available through their Country Store(Taste of Home)

Ladivacrj Posted 29 Nov 2006 , 6:55pm

I just found a site that carries the sets.

http://www.harrietcarter.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/_/Cookie-Tree-Set/productID/a85c68af-2dd1-4bb1-ba58-68c1dcef2ff9/categoryID/16963fad-43b9-467f-8317-acb4fe04f2cf/

VACakelady Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 10:09am

I had forgotten about this. I have the Wilton set that I got a few years back and have never used it. I just made the NFSC for the first time Tuesday and they are really good. Working on my first decorated cookies now.

sarge1 Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 4:40pm

I have never seen this before, and now can't wait to get a set! This would be so cute to bring to a holiday party. Thanks mom2csc for introducing the topic.

CakesByEllen Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 7:45pm

I just saw a small cookie tree at starbucks, that they did on a small 4" cake circle that was covered in royal so it looked like snow. The tree was perhaps 7 cookies high, and they were charging $12 for it!

I think they would make nice gifts this year. Perhaps I will try too.

tracy702 Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 8:25pm

I have the graduating star cutter set that I make mine with. But I also teach childrens decorating classes, and Wilton sell the Gingerbread Tree Kit. It has the prebaked cookies, candy and royal icing. You could do that if you don't find the cutters. I make 3 cookies of each size for my tree, I like them to be big.

cakeatopia Posted 30 Nov 2006 , 11:00pm

I have a set of Wilton 6 cookie cutters--looks like they were part of a july 4th type thing at Hobby Lobby and I think I picked them up for 75%off after the 4th.

I think I will do small ones for teachers and make small fondant packages to go around them on a dollar store medium size platter.

7yyrt Posted 2 Dec 2006 , 8:13pm

If you put them together with royal icing, do people really eat them? It seems they would be hard to get apart.

cakesoncall Posted 2 Dec 2006 , 8:30pm
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Originally Posted by 7yyrt

If you put them together with royal icing, do people really eat them? It seems they would be hard to get apart.




That's what I'm wondering.

So instead...what if, after decorating the cookies and letting them set up, you put a fresh dollop of BC on each one, stack as desired, and then push a sharpened dowel down through the tree. Then you could put the star on top to hide the hole--or do a built-up pull-out star type of thing to make a tree top.

I might try it that way to avoid the royal icing. Seems like that would make it more sturdy to transport too.

cakeatopia Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 7:16am

I like the cookie tree look, BUT they are a ton of work--ask my back. It is 1am and I am STILL at it. I think I am making enough for 8. But just using 9 cookies.

I am afraid the dowel would break the cookie. I am going to go ahead and use antonia74's royal to glue them together. I use her royal and although it gets hard, it is edible and you don't break a tooth like other royals.

I am exhausted(course I was home alone with 3 kiddos while trying to make these!).

The people that get these better pay homage to me--lol

7yyrt Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 1:58pm

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Homage to cakeatopia!!!

RisqueBusiness Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 6:12pm

I just purchased a cookie tree from STARBUCKS..they used only 8 cookies and it comes to about 5" in height, they shrinked wrapped the cookie tree and then placed it into a cello bag with twisty tie and a gift card.

They charge me about.$10.95 for the cookie tree...I took pictures of it and will try to post them in here when I get home and download them.

So..if they get $10.95 for the tree, I don't think we should ask for any less!!!

and more if they are taller!

playingwithsugar Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 6:16pm

Use a straw and cut the hole for the dowel Before you bake the cookies.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Mamas Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 6:27pm

Are they ment to be eaten? If you glue them how do do pull them apart? Won't that be messy and unattractive?

RisqueBusiness Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 6:31pm

I was even thinking of doing these with MMF and "GLUING" them with chocolate...and then decorating them with chocolate.

The one I got at Starbucks looks like they placed the cookies on a grill and just poured the RI over them...stacked them and then added some white RI on the points to look like snow!

packed and ready to go....there are a few square cookies at the bottom decorated to look like gifts..and that's it...

playingwithsugar Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 6:34pm

Marshmallow creme makes a nice glue, too.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

cakeatopia Posted 3 Dec 2006 , 8:04pm

I used fondant which worked great--lot of work but I think easier than icing them all. I am going to glue with royal and my thought is whatever they want, they can do with them. Mine are shorter, but looking pretty good so far. I used Juniper from Wilton colors and a forest green from Americolor.

Thanks 7yyrt---I have never had homage paid to me, but I am feeling quite good now! WOW!

ETA: I'M DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOOOOO! Ended up doing 7. They actually turned out nice, although these kind of trees, if you look really closely and inspect them, they do look a bit messy, but when you stand back, they look nice. I have a major headache,but onto the next project--choc molds. Not even going to try the choc or cake ornarments this year--they will still be a hit next year.

Fondant is the way to go on these, though. The color is just so smooth!

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