As we are surrounded by fall’s beautiful foliage outside, how about bringing some color, creativity and fun indoors as well. This activity is perfect for a long Sunday afternoon – you won’t be“leaf” how much your children will enjoy creating these “tree”ts.
Red Wonder Melts
Tree cookie cutter
Roll out the cookie dough (1/4” thick).
Using the cookie cutter cut out the dough. (You can add some more dough to the bark of the tree to make it larger.)
If you would like to make your tree stand, use a knife to cut a straight edge on the bottom of the trunk before baking.
Bake the cookies and allow to cool.
Melt the candy melts according to package directions.
Use a spoon to smear melted candy melts on the top part of the tree.
Sprinkle fruity pebbles on top. Allow it to dry.
Melt the chocolate or cookie dip in a double boiler or microwave.
Dip the trunk of the tree into the chocolate.
If you would like the cookie on the plate, place ½ tsp of melted chocolate on the plate. Position the cookie on the melted chocolate and put a small, heavy object behind the tree to hold in place until it is completely dry.
Basic Cookie recipe
4 cups flour
1 cup margarine
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs 1/2 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. baking powder
1 T. vanilla sugar
1/4 c. orange juice
Mix flour and margarine in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and eggs; mix. Add remaining dough ingredients; mix until well-combined.
Roll dough out on parchment paper or cookie sheet.
Bake at 340 for 12 to 15 minutes.
About the Author: Esther Ottensoser is a food stylist whose work is featured in various publications. Whether it be party planning, marketing a product, party favors, demos or crafts, Esther takes the simple basic everyday products and transforms them into that extraordinary presentation. Esther lives in Lakewood, NJ and can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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