Simple and fun to make, this centerpiece will be the hit of your holiday dessert bar. All you need is your favorite no-fail cookie recipe and some star-shaped cutters.

By Sarah Karnasiewicz

What You Need

  • 1 batch basic gingerbread cookie dough
  • 4 graduated star-shaped cookie cutters
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 pastry bag, fitted with a small round tip or 1 small plastic storage bag, with one corner snipped
  • 1 toothpick
  • 1 small paper or foil star

Follow These Steps

  1. Prepare the gingerbread cookie dough. Roll the dough to ¼-inch thickness. Use the 4 graduated star-shaped cookie cutters to cut the dough. You will need 5 stars of each size to make the tree. (The recipe above will yield more stars than you need; save the extras for snacking or as backup in case some break during assembly.) Use a toothpick to poke a small hole in the center of one of the smallest stars. This will become your topper.
  2. Bake the cookies according to the recipe instructions, until they are firm and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Make the frosting: Combine 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 egg white in a bowl. Stir until smooth and thick. Transfer frosting to the pastry bag or the plastic storage bag.
  4. Assemble the tree: Center one of the largest stars on a tray or cake stand. Pipe a small dot of icing on the center of the star. Stack another star of the same size on top of the first, rotating it so that the points are staggered. Repeat layering and staggering the remaining stars, working up from the largest stars to the smallest, and placing a dot of frosting between each of the layers to secure them. Finish the tree with the small star with a hole in its center. Place a small star on a toothpick into the prepared hole. Let the tree set for 1 hour.

    Note: Graduated star-shaped cookie cutters can be purchased here and here.

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