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These easy Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!

These easy Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

Although I’m personally not a fan of gingerbread cookies, Madison LOVES baking them, decorating them and eating them so I bake them every year. I’ve been using this Low Fat Gingerbread Cookie recipe for years with perfect results every time. Some years we even make them into gingerbread tree ornaments.

This year I wanted to make them into Christmas trees. No cookie cutter required, all I used was a knife to cut them into triangles!

These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!

And speaking of cookies, the holidays are here again! And while it’s a wonderful season to spend with family and friends enjoying delicious (and seemingly endless) food and drink, it’s also the time of year when many of us pack on a few unwanted pounds. Since holiday weight gain is pretty universal, why not give the gift of Skinnytaste this year? It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
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Rolling gingerbread cookie dough
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These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
making gingerbread cookies
These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!

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Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

4.24 from 17 votes
2
Cals:106
Protein:1.5
Carbs:24
Fat:1
These Gingerbread cookies are made with a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. This year I wanted to make them into Christmas trees. No cookie cutter required, all I used was a knife to cut them into triangles!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These easy Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
Prep: 2 hrs 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Yield: 60 cookies
Serving Size: 2 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 170 grams
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting 485 grams, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

For the Icing:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp egg whites room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 to 6 drops green food coloring
  • colored sprinkles

Instructions

For the cookies:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add the egg and molasses, mix well.
  • In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well with the mixer. Use your hands to form a large ball, the dough will be a little sticky.
  • Wash and dry your hands. Place flour on your hands so the dough doesn't stick to you, lay dough on a floured surface, then divide the dough into two flat balls, adding more flour if sticky; cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • After the dough has chilled 2 hours, preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously dust the surface of your working area with flour before rolling out the dough. Work with one ball of dough at a time, keep the other refrigerated while you do so.
  • Depending on how thin you roll the dough out and the size of your trees, makes at least 60 tree cookies.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it's a little sticky. Trim the uneven edges off to square the dough, then using a knife cut the dough into 3 1/2 inch strips. Then cut the strips into triangles.
  • Place the cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.

For the icing:

  • Mix the egg whites with lemon juice. Combine with powdered sugar, mixing well then add a few drops of green food coloring until you get the color you desire.
  • If the icing is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, if it's too thick add a drop of lemon juice or water. Transfer to a piping bag to decorate cookies when cookies are cooled.
  • To decorate, pipe the cookies with the frosting one at a time, quickly adding the sprinkles before it hardens.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2 cookies, Calories: 106 kcal, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Protein: 1.5 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 50 mg, Sugar: 13.5 g

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160 comments on “Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies”

  1. I really wanted this to work, but this recipe was an epic fail for me. I’m pretty sure I measured everything correctly. The dough was beyond “a little sticky.” I invented a new type of adhesive. I wish I knew what went wrong. I will just use a traditional gingerbread recipe   instead. 

  2. Love this easy to do recipe! The dough came together quite nicely!
    Seeing as these are a ‘soft’ gingerbread cookie, what is their shelf time? I was hoping to make some and send to my grandmother. Thanks!

  3. I have found the easiest way to roll out sticky dough is to spray Pam on your hands. Butter Pam or baking pam. Keeps anything from sticking. Im baking  these tonight!

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    Natalie Cuthbert

    Mine was also super sticky. I eventually just cut in half in the bowl, and slid them onto plastic wrap. Refrigerated well over 3 hours, was slightly sticky but added loads of flour as i played with it. Once I got it all figured out and cooked they were amazing.

  5. these came out so delicious and they were so fun to decorate! my family loved them!

    the directions were thorough and easy to follow
    thank you!

  6. Well, after about 8 hours in the fridge, dough was WAY too soft to roll out, and I didn’t want to add more flour. My “Plan B”?  I used a 1” scoop, sprayed a tiny bit of PAM on my hands, rolled each scoop into a ball, slightly flattened each cookie, added
    Christmas sprinkles and baked about 8 minutes. Yielded 5 1/2 dozen cookies – very soft and chewy – delicious!!

  7. Can you make the cookies ahead of time and decorate another day? Say 1 or 2 days after? If so, how should we store the cookies after they are baked?

  8. Hi Gina! We just made these and they’re delightful! Question- would it work to freeze half of the dough for later? Or how long would the dough last in the fridge? Thanks so much!
    Read more at https://www.skinnytaste.com/gingerbread-christmas-tree-cookies-and/#sHpso0r4Pvj4uzuM.99

  9. Love this recipe. What a great idea. I am going to make this cookie for sure. Ha ha somehow I will fit in baking sometime this busy Christmas weekend. Thank you!

  10. I’m not sure where I went wrong. I followed the recipe exactly as stated (the only deviance was my store didn’t have anything labeled “dark molasses” so I went with the one labeled “molasses”). However, the “dough” was the approximate consistency of a custard pie filling. I had to add in over two more cups of flour for it to even begin to form a dough, but even then, it wouldn’t come together to rest in the fridge. I ended up throwing the whole thing out because I figured by that point the ratios were so messed up who knows what would’ve come out of the oven. Bummed, because these look and sound so delicious!

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