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Cookie Trees

Make Cookie Trees out of vanilla wafers for a fun holiday centerpiece that the kids can help create.

Real Simple DECEMBER 2002

  • Yield: 3 trees


  • 2 16-ounce boxes confectioners' sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3 Styrofoam cones, ranging in height from 7 to 12 inches (available at craft stores)
  • 4 12-ounce boxes vanilla wafers or other small, flat cookies


Beat all but 1/4 cup of the sugar with the egg whites until stiff. Spread a thin layer of the frosting on a cone, then, working from the bottom up, overlap cookies, using more frosting as necessary. Repeat for the other 2 cones. Use a small sieve to dust the trees with the remaining sugar.

Note: Straight pins can be used to hold the cookies in place until the frosting dries, but don't forget to remove them.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 18.01mg
  • Calories: 126.6
  • Calories from fat: 32%
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Protein: 1mg
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 96mg

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