Gingerbread Tree with sugar-free cream cheese frosting

Easy to make a gingerbread christmas tree! No funny shapes or hard to find tools needed. |

Have you ever made a gingerbread Christmas tree before? Maybe not.  I bet you’ve made a gingerbread house, though.  And dealt with the mess, the frustration, and the less-than-satisfactory final result.  Gingerbread houses are just usually more fun in theory than reality.  And they use a TON of ingredients.

This gingerbread Christmas tree is much, much easier than a gingerbread house.

It’s requires only gingerbread cookie dough and frosting. The best part of this tree is that the gingerbread isn’t cut into fancy shapes and doesn’t use cookie cutters or any such things. Simply cut squares a bit larger in size from one another (watch the video below to see how simple it really is! It sounds fancy…it’s not!) and stack them up with frosting in between as your “glue”.

Click here for the video tutorial on creating your squares.

We use our basic gingerbread cookie recipe for the cookies. This is the best gingerbread cookie we have ever tried, eaten, or any such thing. We highly recommend giving it a try! And we’ve included our naturally-sweetened cream cheese frosting to get you started (maple syrup replaces the sugar in this recipe).

Note: This is not a good frosting for diabetics…maple syrup spikes blood sugar pretty quickly. 

A gingerbread Christmas tree party would be absolutely fantastic for a Saturday afternoon activity with the kids or grandkids. Gather up some frosting, gingerbread dough, and sprinkles and let those kids go at it! Have the cookies made in advance to make it even faster.

We used gingerbread stars for the top of our tree but small candies, cherries, chocolate stars, etc. would be a fun alternative! The best part of these is the fun in decorating how you want!

This collection of our favorite frosting recipes includes all the frostings we routinely use on our cakes! Full recipes included.
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Naturally Sweetened Cream Cheese Frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.

  2. Gently beat in the maple syrup, honey, and cinnamon just until incorporated.

More cookies you might like:

Gingerbread Biscotti
Fluffernutter Cookies
Ginger Apple Cookies
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Molasses Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jammy Dodger cookies

Or try our recipe for true gingerbread (hint: it’s a cake).


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