Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Tree Treat!

This is a fun 'twist' to a great Christmas treat presentation. You can use this sweet dough recipe to form lots of shapes. This is a fun way to dress up your Christmas party.

Sweet dough recipe:

1 tsp salt

1 cup milk

1/2 cup honey

1 stick butter

2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 Tbls. yeast

5 to 6 cups whole wheat four

Heat butter, milk, honey, vanilla and salt to warm (115 degrees). Dissolve yeast in warm liquid ingredients in Bosch Universal Mixer. Add eggs. Knead (speed 1) in 3 cups of flour; then ,slowly add the rest of the flour. Knead 8 minutes. Let rise till double. Roll dough in to rectangle (see pic below). Color sugar (I used raw sugar) with green food coloring. Spread butter then the green dyed sugar over the rectangle. Then, form into fun braided form.(See my pics below on how I braided the dough to make a Christmas tree. This time I made the dough into a Christmas tree!

Let rise. Bake 350 degrees for 30 min. or until golden brown. When cooled drizzle icing and garnish with red candied cherries.


  1. sent to my email:
    I'm going to make the Christmas Tree thing you just posted the other day. I was wondering what kind of sugar you use in the middle. Is it regular granulated sugar that you color green?
    I don't want to mess it up! Thanks in advance for your answer.

    My answer:
    I used raw sugar. You can use white sugar as well. Not healthy but we only splurge...'sin' on sugar occasionally. :) Have fun. You will love it. Happy baking!

  2. Another follower emailed me that I didn't specify how I colored the sugar...So sorry. I guess I was thinking you all were there with me making the braid so you knew what ingredients I was using and how I did it. Oops.

    Spread the melted butter onto the dough which has been rolled out into a rectangle about 1/4 to 1/2" thick. Then, spread the dyed sugar over the butter. You will only need about 1 tsp. of green dye to dye a bowl of sugar. The more dye you add, the deeper the green color will be in the sugar. This is totally up to your preference.

    Fold the dough in half and follow the pics in cutting and twisting the dough. :)

    Hope that helps with instructions.

    I also forgot to put the yeast on the recipe which I have now corrected. What can I say, I am a harried woman during this Christmas season! Join my club! :)

  3. I was looking for this recipe for years. My sister made it and since she died I haven't been able to ask her how she made it. Bless you!

  4. You are welcome and hope you enjoy! It is a fun dessert to make and looks so pretty on the table.