Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tags

These watercolor tree sugar cookies are quick, easy and fun to make with royal icing and food coloring! Grab the free printable tag below to make a lovely gift for someome special.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

These classic sugar cookies are fun to make for a party or to bring to your next event! I’m a huge fan of creating treats for every occasion, especially delicious ones like these.

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Sugar cookie dough is super versatile and easy to make with only a few ingredients from the grocery store. You will need simple ingredients like butter, granulated sugar and all purpose flour.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

Be sure to set aside enough time to decorate the cookies, you may even want to spread it out over a few days. When adding food writer details it’s important to wait until the layer of flooded icing is completely dry otherwise the icing may crack and the colors will bleed.

Before you get started make sure that you have everything that you need to make and decorate these cookies. I found our cookie cutters and icing bottles at Michaels but you can also order them from Amazon below.

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Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

This is my grandma’s classic sugar cookie recipe – time tested and delicious. The only thing that I have changed over the years is swapped out shortening for butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Tip: Pre-made Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough can be used to create these cookies as well. Simply add 1/4 cup of flour to the dough, combine well and roll as directed. I love quick mom hacks like this!

Valentine Sugar Cookie Bar Process

Directions:

1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

sugar cookie process

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and extract. Mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

sugar cookie process

3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

sugar cookie process

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

5. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4″ thickness on the floured surface.

6. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

7. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

8. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

This recipe will make about 70 2″ circle shaped cookies.

Round Cookies Process

Use my Easy Royal Icing Recipe to make the best icing for these cookies! You will need only white royal icing.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

Royal icing tips:

  • If the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time.
  • If the icing is too soft, add more powdered sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  • Icing can be stored at room temperature in a an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • To use, mix the royal icing with a hand mixer so that it becomes smooth and shiny again.
  • Flood consistency is reached when a spoonful dropped onto a flat surface takes 10 – 15 seconds to become completely smooth.
Easy Royal Icing Recipe Process

These instructions will show you how to decorate watercolor tree cookies like these ones. The sky is the limit though, have fun with this process!

How to decorate tree sugar cookies:

Watercolor Snowflake Sugar Cookies Process

1. Outline each circle with a line of white icing and flood the center. Allow the icing to dry for at least two hours before moving on to the next step.

Watercolor Snowflake Sugar Cookies Process

2. Add a drop of blue food coloring and a drop of yellow food coloring to a small dish. Use the vodka to combine the two colors to create various shades of green.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookie Process

3. Using a food grade brush, paint trees onto each cookie.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookie Process
Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookie Process

4. Have fun with this and add various colors and shapes to the trees. Splatter a bit of food coloring onto the cookies to create a watercolor effect.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookie Process
Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookie Process

5. Add dots of white royal icing to each cookie to create “snow”.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

These watercolor tree cookies turned out to be simply darling! These are far easier to create than most sugar cookies because you don’t need to use a lot of piping work.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

Allow the icing to completely harden for at least four hours before packaging or storing the cookies. These look amazing wrapped in cellophane and tied up with a bit of twine.

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

Add my free printable gift tag and voila! These easy tree sugar cookies make a delicious treat!

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

Be sure to check out all of the fun sugar cookie ideas on the blog!

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

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Some of my baking essentials:

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies Tag

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Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

Watercolor Tree Sugar Cookies

Yield: 70
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

These watercolor tree sugar cookies are quick, easy and fun to make with royal icing and food coloring! Grab the free printable tag below to make a lovely gift for someome special.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and extract. Mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

5. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4" thickness on the floured surface.

6. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

7. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

8. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool before decorating with royal icing.

Notes

Use the step by step instructions in the blog post to decorate the cookies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 70 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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