Friday, December 23, 2011

Allspice Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees & Lady Gaga Holiday Workshop at Barney's NYC

Last week I saw THESE beauties on LilaLoa's blog. I knew immediately I had to try out the decorating technique she used. Hers are gorgeous traditional trees. I went a bit holiday wacky and did mine in the Mad Hausfrau colors.

Not as good as hers. Obvi. But I just loved how they came out. Sometimes I like to be hit over the head with color and these do the trick.

To make up for the color invasion, the allspice flavor in the cookies is not as powerful as gingerbread. The have just enough hint of spice to be holiday-ish.

These non-traditional Christmas tree cookies would fit right in in the Lady Gaga Workshop at Barney's in NYC where she is selling her own stylish holiday treats.

Check out the Gaga outfits...

And little monsters...

And one very Gaga chocolate shoe...

There are a lot of non-food items there as well. I loved the Gaga Christmas stockings...

To all of you who are celebrating Christmas, traditional or Gagastyle, I wish you all a happy and a merry one!

All Spice Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees

  • 1+1/3 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and allspice and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar together in mixer on medium setting until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and combine thoroughly.
  • Mix in vanilla.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three separate parts.
  • After the last of the flour is combined, briefly crank up the mixer speed to medium once more for about 15 seconds, just enough time to make sure everything is mixed together.
  • Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Roll dough out on floured or powdered sugared surface and cut out cookies with your favorite cutters.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack. Let cool completely before icing.
For he royal icing recipe, I used Bridget's over at Bake at 350. For decorating the trees, follow the instructions on this post on LilaLoa's blog.


  1. Haha Mad Hausfrau colors are awesome! And way more bright and happy than plain old red and green. These are so cute!

    The Gaga workshop sounds awesome! What inventive treats!

  2. I'm Gaga over your Christmas trees!

  3. Let me guess, you're going Ga-ga style? Love the stockings and those trees are just beaut!

  4. Yum spice sugar cookies! They're fabulous in Mad Hausfrau colors. Barney's should have had you decorate the Gaga cookies--yours are so much cuter!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Gorgeous! Fantastic! I adore everything you make =) Happy Holidays to you.

  6. Beautiful cookies! I was inspired by your stained-glass cookies and had to make some myself...they were pretty, but not quite as pretty as yours! :-)

  7. These are so gorgeous! You must have put in a lot of work! Happy Holidays!!

  8. They look awesome! Hope you had a lovely holiday!

  9. I absolutely love your trees! The colors are fabulous! They inspire me to get more creative with color:) Happy New Year!


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