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Coconut Christmas Tree Cookie Recipe (gluten free)

If you are looking for easy to make and fun recipe for Christmas Cookies, this Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe is just the thing. The dusting of ‘snow’ and a sprinkling of edible gold stars really make these coconut cookies so very special.

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.  Our time was limited so we were incredibly efficient and it got done speedily!

We were also able to get out all of our Christmas cookie recipes out and 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 than coconut cookies, they are also gluten-free!

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, get TONS of Christmas Cookie recipes and expand our cookie repertoire in the process.

Christmas Tree cookie recipe: powdered sugar snow falling on the coconut cookies

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. Our family loves coconut cookies so these Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree cookies were our contribution at several of our gatherings.

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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Coconut Christmas Tree Cookie Recipe: "snow covered" Christmas Tree cookies decorated with gold star and gold flake in village setting

Edible glitter adds to the festive-ness of these cookies

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.’

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.

Christmas Tree cookies in a snowstorm of powdered sugar - decorated with gold star and gold glitter

Don’t you just love seeing these little Christmas tree cookies in the midst of the snowstorm?

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

 prepping with handful of coconut

Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies

Martha Stewart
A very easy recipe for coconut Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star. A perfect addition to your Christmas cookie recipe collection.
4.18 from 17 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Baking Recipes + Tips
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 141 kcal


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Combine coconut, granulated sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon.
  • With approximately two tablespoons of the mixture in your hands, form two-inch tall trees. Use your fingertips to make pointed tops.
  • Transfer each tree to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.
  • 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.
  • Bake until edges are golden and trees are firm, 12 to 14 minutes.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes.
  • Cookies can be made up to 1 day ahead.


Serving: 1gCalories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 18mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16g
Keyword Christmas, Christmas Tree, coconut, cookies
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Two tablespoons of the batter are all you need for one tree.

shaping the coconut into Christmas trees cookies

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.

using hole punch to make gold stars as tree toppers
A very easy recipe for Christmas tree cookies. For added effect, add a dusting of powdered sugar 'snow', some edible glitter and a gold star.
“Snow Covered” Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies

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 into the tree. 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!

cookies all decorated in a snow storm in Christmas village setting

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Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe: Pinterest Pin image

Seriously, if you need a quick Christmas cookies recipe, this is the one…..The snowstorm is optional.

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    1. 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

    2. 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!

    1. 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

    1. 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

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

    1. 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

    1. 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

  2. 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!

    1. 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

    1. 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

  3. 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.

    1. 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.


  4. 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.

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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.


    1. 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

    1. 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

  5. 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!!

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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

  6. 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!

    1. 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

      1. 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!

  7. 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 😉

    1. 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

  8. 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!

    1. 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.


  9. 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.

    1. 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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