Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies (gluten free)

Create, Dessert, Holiday, Nourish | November 29, 2016 | By

  Hello my friends! Well, despite my best efforts, it seems like there is no way to slow down the march of time and Christmas keeps inching closer. And that’s okay; with Kate home for a few days over the Thanksgiving holiday, we did a ‘speed-decorate’ and now our home looks ever so festive.  Because we only had so much time before she needed to get back to school, we were incredibly efficient and it got done speedily! We were also able to get a little baking done and these Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies were a big hit…as in, they are all gone! And…as if they couldn’t be any better, they are also gluten-free!

So, it’s with Christmas in my home and in my heart, that I am tickled to be participating in Sondra Lyn’s 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays blog tour. Each day of this week focuses on a different area of making Christmas in your home.

You can pop in to see all the other Holiday goodies through the links at the bottom of the page.A very easy recipe to make coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star.

When Kate was in Middle and High School, we would host a Christmas Cookie Swap for her friends and their moms. It was such a great opportunity to enjoy the holidays and expand our cookie repertoire in the process.

We would ask our guests to bring a couple of dozen cookies and then they would be able to gather an assortment to take home. These Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree cookies were our contribution at several of our gatherings.A very easy recipe to make coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star.

Kate originally found this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website and we’ve pretty much stuck to Martha’s recipe.

One year we did add some mini chocolate chips to the batter which did add a little something extra. I mean, COCONUT PLUS CHOCOLATE! One of those combinations made in heaven.

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This year, I added a gold tree topper and some edible gold star glitter to give my coconut Christmas tree cookies that certain ‘je ne sais quoi.’A very easy recipe to make coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star.

That little house? I bought 2 of them probably 10 years ago and they always sit at my children’s’ place settings on Christmas day. They are German incense ‘smoker’ cottages and I was pleased that you can still find them…on Amazon of course.

And I know you’re thinking ‘incense on Christmas?’…but the  incense is lightly scented pine, fir, and gingerbread scents. And really, you’re just aiming for the smoke that comes out of the chimney of your little cottage or the pipe of your German Smoker.

Don’t you just love seeing these little cookies in the midst of the snow storm?A very easy recipe to make coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star.

This Coconut Christmas Tree cookie recipe is so incredibly easy, but if you love coconut macaroons, you’ll love these little morsels of yumminess.

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Coconut Christmas Cookies

Author Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites lightly beaten
  • 5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting
  • Gold Star on Toothpick optional
  • Edible Gold Stars optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly combine coconut, granulated sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon.
  3. Form 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into 2-inch-tall trees with your hands, using your fingertips to make pointed tops. Transfer each tree to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.
  4. If you are going to put the little stars on after they are baked, then poke a toothpick through the top so that after the trees are baked the toothpick holding the star goes in easier.
  5. Bake until edges are golden and trees are firm, 12 to 14 minutes.
  6. Let cool on baking sheet on a wire rack at least 15 minutes.
  7. Cookies can be made up to 1 day ahead.

Two tablespoons of the batter is all you need for one tree.
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Pinch the top to get the point of the tree. Don’t smooth the sides too much, you want them a little ‘rough’ to resemble the tree’s boughs and for the ‘snow’ to have somewhere to collect.  

While the cookies are baking and cooling, punch out your stars.  

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I used a 1/2″ star paper punch and glued them on to half of a toothpick…the blunt half so that the pointy end goes in to the tree. A very easy recipe to make coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star. I had such a great time photographing the’snow’, never mind that my kitchen was covered in powdered sugar and that I cleaned it up for days! 

A very easy recipe to make coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star.

Pin it for future reference.

Want to be a star at your next cookie exchange or Christmas party? Here is a very easy recipe to make coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star.

Seriously, if you need some quick Christmas cookies, this is your recipe…Snowstorm is optional.

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Once again, it is with much excitement that I join this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere.

It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over the week, with a different topic each day.

Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:

Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle  

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Jeanette
    November 29, 2016

    Lynn, I’m doing the snowstorm!!! These cookies look stunning and I adore coconut. Thanks for the recipe…I will be making these! 🙂

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      lynn
      November 29, 2016

      Thanks Jeanette! They were so easy and are quite different. Think I’m making more today since my original stash is all gone…17-year old son made short work of them.

      Have a great day.

      Hugs, Lynn

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      Hayley
      December 13, 2016

      Wow, these snow covered cookies are so pretty and look perfect for the holidays! I’m thinking I need to give these a shot ASAP!

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        lynn
        December 14, 2016

        Hi Hayley…I surely hope you enjoy them as much as we do! They are so easy and so very delicious.

        Enjoy!

        Lynn

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    Sondra
    November 29, 2016

    These are SO gorgeous! And I’m pretty excited that they appear to be gluten-free… no flour! So glad to have you on the tour this year!!

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      lynn
      November 29, 2016

      Hi Sondra, they are gluten free…you just reminded me that I need to put that in the post! And thanks for organizing this wonderful ‘hop’. I am truly thrilled to be included with such wonderful other bloggers.

      Hope your week is off to a good week.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Leanne
    November 29, 2016

    These cookies and your photography look absolutely magical. I think this is something I’m going to have to try with the kids this year.

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      lynn
      November 29, 2016

      Aw Leanne…such kind words. This are so easy to make that I know you and your kids will love to make…and eat them.

      Thanks for swinging by today. I hope your week is off to a good start.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Emily
    November 29, 2016

    Lynn, your cookies and your snowy Christmas scene are beautiful! They look *almost* too pretty to eat, but of course who can resist cookies? 😉

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      lynn
      November 29, 2016

      Hi Emily! Thanks for swinging by today. Luckily, they are so easy to make, so you can eat them without remorse. My 17-year old polished off the first batch so I’m making another batch right now!

      Hope your week is off to a good start.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Nicole
    November 29, 2016

    These pictures are beautiful! I feel like I’ve entered a winter wonderland. Amazing work!!

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      lynn
      November 29, 2016

      Thanks Nicole! I had a ball making and photographing this winter wonderland, especially when it was 72′ outside!

      Thanks for coming by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Paula
    November 29, 2016

    This dessert looks so good, Lynn, and it makes such an attractive scene. I love how you made it snow in a few of your pictures. It almost looked like the real thing!

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      lynn
      November 29, 2016

      Hi Paula, don’t you just love that snow!!!??? I had such a fun time making and photographing the blizzard. Thanks so much for swinging by and I’m thrilled to be in the hop with you!

      Hope your week is off to a good start!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Karly
    November 29, 2016

    Okay, these are thee cutest things! Love the dusting of snow… it’s the perfect finishing touch!

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Karly, and thanks for coming by today. These are so easy to make, if you like coconut you need to make them. I promise you will love them.

      Hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    laura
    November 30, 2016

    lynn, those trees look so delish. i am a big coconut fan so i am sure these would be right up on my favorites list. it looks like you had a fun time taking photos…the clean up, not so much i’m sure.

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Laura, oh if you love coconut you will love these. And they are so very easy to make. Give them a try…with or without the snow storm!

      Thanks for coming to visit.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      Lynn

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    Alli
    November 30, 2016

    The snow adds such a magical touch! I have to do this! I’m such a coconut lover and I want to make your cookies ASAP. They look delicious and are so pretty.

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Alli, the snow is key! And I’m so glad you are going to bake some. You will not be disappointed…so easy, so delicious, so fun. Thanks for swinging by today and wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

      Many hugs, Lynn

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    Lydia @ Lydi Out Loud
    November 30, 2016

    These are so adorable! Coconut is one of my favorite things in cookies, I will definitely be giving these a try! Thanks for sharing!

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Lydia and thanks for swinging by today. These little cookies are the perfect combination of easy, delicious and fun! I’m so glad you are going to try them, I know you and your family will love them.

      Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

      Hugs, LYnn

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    Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge
    November 30, 2016

    These are just adorable, Lynn! And I love coconut so they’re on my to do list now. The pictures look great and I’m sure it was lots of fun making the snow, even if it was messy.

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Angie, no only are they delicious and fun to look at, but they are really so very easy to make. And I did have a ball making and photographing the snow storm.

      Thanks so much for swinging by today and for leaving your kind compliment.

      I hope you and your family are enjoying a wonderufl weekend.

      Merry Christmas.

      Lynn

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Thanks Maryann…and they are so very easy to make with so few ingredients. They are becoming a go-to cookie for us because you can’t beat the ease and deliciousness.

      Merry Christmas.

      Hugs, LYnn

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    November 30, 2016

    I love these cookies, Lynn. In fact, they are so much more than just cookies. They are tiny works of art. So pretty and the snow is the icing on the cake. Happy Holidays my friend!

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Aw, thanks Mary. They were so simple to make, but are so very tasty. That snowstorm was just fun to do.

      Thanks for coming by today. I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Diane
    November 30, 2016

    Lynn… these caught my eye around the interwebs before I even stopped by. I couldn’t wait to learn more. And oh how I want to sample one now. I LOVE your sweet snowstorm, too.
    Enjoy the spirit of Christmas!!

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Diane, and thanks for swinging by today and sharing your kind compliments. These cookies are so very easy to make and are so very tasty too! I hope you get a chance to make and enjoy them soon.

      And a Very Merry Christmas to you!

      Hugs, LYnn

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    heather
    December 1, 2016

    These are quite possibly the cutest darn cookies I’ve ever seen! Pinned!

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Aw thanks Heather! They are so very easy to make and are so very tasty! I’ve made 2 batches already as my son devours them.

      Thanks for swinging by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Jessica
    December 1, 2016

    These are the most beautiful cookies I have ever seen! Gold stars and glitter, wow! Pinned! My kids will be so impressed!

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Aw Jessica, thanks for your sweet words. Those cookies are so easy to make and so very tasty as well. I hope you and your kids get a chance to make them and enjoy them.

      Thanks for coming by today!

      Merry Christmas, Lynn

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    Kristi
    December 2, 2016

    So cute and I love anything with coconut so I know that they must be as good as they look. Love your photos with the “snow”, too.

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      And what is not to love about Coconut!? It’s just about perfect, right? Hope you get a chance to make these, i know you’ll enjoy them. And they are really very easy to make, with or without snow!
      Thanks for coming by and wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

      Hugs, Lynn

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Vicki and Jennifer…yes…it was fun hopping with you. And thanks for your kind compliments. Hope you make them and enjoy them.

      Merry Christmas.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Katrin
    December 3, 2016

    These cookies are the most beautiful cookies I have ever seen and I mean it! Your photos look stunning! Winter Wonderland Treats that are too pretty to eat! But I would love to try one. They look magical and I’ve never seen anything like it. oh why don’t I live closer!

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      lynn
      December 3, 2016

      Aw friend, I do wish you lived closer. I would bring some over to you right now. I have had to make a second batch and would give you some before my son eats those too. And truthfully, they are so easy. Your and your girls would love to make them.
      Merry Christmas my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

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        Katrin
        December 8, 2016

        Lynn, I love them so much I’ll be featuring them at tomorrows Sweet Inspiration Linky!! just wanted to let you know, have a great Thursday!

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          lynn
          December 8, 2016

          Thanks Katrin! And thanks for featuring my little trees. I’ll be sure to pop over and socialize at party.

          Hugs!

          Lynn

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    Michelle
    December 8, 2016

    Wow Lynn, your photos are astounding. I’m going up and down, up and down just to catch another glimpse of the your coconut Christmas cookies in their fairy tale world. I’m going to do it one more time and then pin the recipe 😉

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      lynn
      December 8, 2016

      Aw, thanks Michelle! I had such a ball taking those photos! I’m still learning with my camera and this was a good exercise for sure. Thanks so much for visiting and for pinning. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

      Hugs, LYnn

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    Christa
    December 9, 2016

    These are so beautiful! I can’t wait to try them! The photography is gorgeous – it was hard to pick which photo to pin on pinterest!

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      lynn
      December 9, 2016

      Hey Christa! You are so sweet! And your boys will love them…very coconutty!

      I know you are in for some fun times this month… I miss the days when my kids were the ages of yours…Soak it up!

      Kisses to all your boys.

      Lynn

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    Carrie
    December 9, 2016

    These are adorable! And I love that they are gluten free – I am always looking for tasty gluten free recipes to make for my mom. Will have to try these this year.

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      lynn
      December 14, 2016

      Hi Carrie,
      And thanks for coming by. I do love those Coconut Christmas Trees…I’ve made a couple batches so far this season as my son loves them. And gotta love that they are gluten-free. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

      Merry Christmas.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Sandra Garth
    December 21, 2016

    The falling powdered sugar snow totally takes these pictures over the top. What a great recipe and a beautiful scene!

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