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Christmas Tree Biscuits

Christmas Tree Biscuits are a fun baking activity to do throughout December, and in particular, with the kids on Christmas Eve! 

You can take any cookie recipe, whether it’s shortbread or ginger biscuits, and use it to decorate your Christmas tree. Enjoy them before bed on Christmas Eve, or save them for the big day.

Christmas Tree Biscuits

How To Make Christmas Tree Biscuits

What You Need:

ingredients Christmas cookies


  • Mixing bowl, rolling pin
  • Baking tray(s)
  • Cookie cutters 
  • Thin ribbon or string


(For exact measurements and steps head to the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

  • Sugar
  • Butter, softened
  • Egg, beaten
  • Golden syrup
  • Plain flour
  • Mixed spices, ground ginger, cinnamon
  • Icing/sprinkles to decorate cookies

Making Christmas Cookies

Step 1:

Make the dough by first creaming the butter and sugar, adding the egg and golden syrup and finally, sifting in the flour and spices. 

Once a smooth dough has formed, wrap it in some cling film and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 2:

heart cookie dough

Preheat the oven and roll out the dough on a floured worktop. Try and roll the dough out as thin as you can, around 5mm. Using some Christmas cookie cutters (or any shapes you have), cut out the cookies and transfer them to a greased/lined baking tray. 

Christmas tree cookies baking tray

Once they are on the baking tray, grab a skewer, or cocktail stick and make a small hole at the top of each cookie. This is for threading the ribbon or string through to hand on the tree. If you are not using them to decorate your Christmas tree you can skip this step.

hole in cookie dough to hang on tree

Cook them in the oven for 10 minutes – they will be golden brown when they are finished. 

Step 3:

Christmas biscuits

Once they have cooled down, thread the ribbon/string through the holes and decorate the cookies. Leave any icing/decorations to dry off and set.

decorating Christmas Cookies

How Long Do Christmas Cookies Last?

In an airtight container they will last for up to 5 days. If you want to use them to decorate your tree, hang them not too long before you intend to eat them. 

Top Tip: Don’t leave any dogs/other hungry beings unattended with the lure of cookies hanging on the Christmas tree! 

Christmas Cookie Tree Decorations

Have you made any Christmas cookies this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Christmas Tree Biscuits

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Make some cookies, decorate them, and hang them on the Christmas tree - just don't expect them to last too long!


  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp mixed spices
  • Icing/sprinkles to decorate cookie


  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Stir in the beaten egg and golden syrup.
  3. Sift in the flour and spices and mix together until a soft dough has formed. Wrap the dough in some cling film and place it on the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C/Gas Mark 4.
  5. Grease or line baking tray(s).
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge. It will likely feel really hard, just hold roll it about in your hands for a short while and it will soon soften up ready to roll out.
  7. On a lightly floured worktop, roll out the dough to an approx. 5mm inch thickness (you may need to do this in 2 batches).
  8. Use a cookie cutter (either a round one, or any Christmas themed shapes) to cut out your biscuits.
  9. Lay them on the baking trays, allowing enough space between each one.
  10. With a skewer or cocktail stick make a hole in the top of each cookie - don't do it too close to the top of the cookie or they might break when you hang them on the Christmas tree.
  11. Place the baking trays in the preheated oven and cook for 10 minutes, until they are golden. The thinner you have rolled the cookies, the faster they will cook, so keep an eye on them.
  12. If any of the holes have closed up during the cooking time you might need to make them again - do this before the cookies harden up.
  13. Leave them to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to completely cool down.
  14. Decorate your cookies and thread the ribbon or string through the holes.
  15. Hang them on the Christmas tree!


These Christmas cookies will last in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You could hang them on the tree on Christmas Eve, or Christmas tree morning.

The amount you make will depend on the size of the cookie cutter you use.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

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George norfolk

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Hi liana which you a happy new year and thanks for all your recipes l have a good time making them George.👍

Liana Green

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Thanks, George! Happy New Year to you too :)

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