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Not your average batch of Christmas cookies

Christmas tree cookie kit makes for a truly delicious holiday decoration.

Walter Drake
This year in my holiday care package from my mom, I'm expecting to get a batch of her staple Christmas cookies. Free from fancy ingredients, these cookies have the potential to bore those with the taste for more exotic ingredients, but some of my fondest holiday memories are centered around the afternoons when we got to hang around the house in our pajamas and decorate sugar cookies with red and green sprinkles. Gadgets like this Christmas tree cookie kit allow for a new interpretation of this holiday standard.

The set isn't technologically complicated, but looking at it inspires thoughts that are something along the line of "why didn't I think of that?" It's a series of cookie cutters that gradually decrease in size. When these cookies are stacked on top of each other, starting with the largest, the result is a cookie tower that looks like a traditional Christmas tree.

If you're like me, then you'd be happy to make a tree out of cookies as a solo activity. Or, you could do it as a family and have everyone decorate different layers. In either case, you're going to have a much cooler centerpiece on your holiday dining room table than anyone who decided to go with a snowman candle holder.