Chocolate Christmas Tree Cookies

Each of these sugar cookies depicts a miniature holiday scene: a bed of freshly fallen snow with a perfect Christmas tree in the middle. The best part of these impressive treats? They come together quickly and easily with store-bought candy, icing and cookies. All you need to do is let your inner artist shine. By Heath Goldman for Food Network Kitchen
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 12 cookies
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Ingredients

12 miniature peanut butter cups, such as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, refrigerated

12 milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses, refrigerated

One 7-ounce pouch green ready-to-use cookie icing, such as Betty Crocker

12 star-shaped sprinkles

Silver pearl sprinkles, for decorating

12 unfrosted round sugar cookies

1 cup vanilla frosting

Directions

  1. Carefully unwrap the peanut butter cups, making sure no chocolate comes off on the wrapper (refrigerating them first will help prevent this). Unwrap the chocolate kisses.
  2. Cut out twelve 2-inch parchment squares. Turn a water glass upside down and place one of the parchment squares on the flat bottom. Place a peanut butter cup on the parchment, wide-side down. Pipe a dot of green icing on top of the peanut butter cup and place a chocolate kiss on top. Pipe green icing branches onto the chocolate "tree." Starting at the bottom of the peanut butter cup, pipe a thin, straight line up one of its grooves and up to the tip of the chocolate kiss. Repeat, piping a line up every groove of the peanut butter cup and over the chocolate kiss, connecting the lines at the tip. Press a star sprinkle onto the tip of the assembled tree and decorate with silver pearl sprinkles, pressing them gently to adhere. Carefully slide the parchment with the tree off the glass and let the icing set. Repeat to create 11 additional trees.  
  3. Using a butter knife or a small offset spatula, spread a layer of vanilla frosting over each sugar cookie in a circle, leaving the edges plain. Carefully place a candy Christmas tree in the center of each cookie. 
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