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Winter Birch Tree Cookies

Winter Birch Tree Cookies

Winter Birch Tree Cookies

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Winter Birch Tree Cookies
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Medium



Decorated like birch logs with white chocolate coating and dark chocolate drizzle.


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 cups Pillsbury BEST ® All Purpose Flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 package (12 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating or almond bark, melted

  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, combine sugar and butter; beat until well blended. Add milk, vanilla and egg; beat well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking powder and cinnamon; mix well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On lightly floured surface, roll balls into logs, 6 inches long. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely. Place melted candy coating in pie pan. Dip logs into candy coating; place on waxed paper to cool. Drizzle melted bittersweet chocolate over logs to resemble birch trees.


  • From “Christmas Baking,” a 1997 Pillsbury Classic Cookbook


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I’ve made these cookies dozens of times over the years and always have to double the batch due to their popularity. Breakage is the most common issue, but they can typically be patched up using chocolate as “glue” without issue. The uninitiated often think they are chocolate covered pretzels until they take the first bite.
- A Baker
I've been making this every year for five years now. It's a huge hit and after the chocolate is drizzled over the cookies, I go back and melt some green and red candy wafers and touch the cookies up with those. They're very Christmasy that way.
- A Baker
These cookies were a big hit at the office this year. They tasted great, and are pretty to look at. The cinnamon in the cookies complements the white chocolate quite nicely. I used 20 oz of white chocolate to coat the cookies.
- Serrena
This is a delicious cookie. Some of the reviews say a lot of work but they are simple if you have a system worked out. I bake them with my friends and drizzle them with thinned chocolate. They are a really beautiful and unique cookie.
- Davie
I make this cookie every year. It's fantastic and so pretty. They are a bit of work but worth it. Last year, it was my contribution to my cookie exchange.
- A Baker
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