Move over gingerbread house! Houston ‘cookier’ shares the new cookie craft to try this holiday season

HOUSTON – Christmas is right around the corner, and whether you’re planning a holiday party or hosting a family get-together, Jacqueline Terrel, owner of Tudor House Cookies has an easy and festive way to make it sweet and memorable. The mom of four and winner of Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” shared the simple steps to create a stunning stacked Christmas cookie tree that’s sure to impress and taste delicious.

“Basically this is just cookies stacked and the decorated real cute,” said Terrel. “It’s really easy to do.”

While Terrel prefers to use her homemade cookie dough and buttercream icing, she says using store bought is fine and helps makes this craft even easier. Follow Terrel’s steps below to try building it for yourself.


Jacqueline Terrel, owner of Tudor House Cookies, shares how to make a simple and stunning stacked cookie Christmas tree. (Tudor House Cookies)


  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Buttercream
  • Piping bag & star tips
  • Nested cookie cutters (stars, circles, or snowflakes work best)
  • Green food coloring
  • Sprinkles & powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters
  2. Bake according to instructions and let cool
  3. Mix food coloring with buttercream to desired color
  4. Stack cookies from largest to smallest by gluing with buttercream (Tip: For a taller stack, use multiple cookies of the same size)
  5. Frost fully assembled cookie stack using a star piping tip
  6. Optional: decorate with festive sprinkles and powdered sugar “snow”

Tudor House Cookies is currently not offering decorated cookies for purchase. However, Terrel is offering virtual cookie decorating group classes, perfect for a birthday party or corporate event. To connect with Terrel, click here.

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Olivia Kolanek is the Features Producer of KPRC 2's Houston Life. She joined the KPRC family in the summer of 2019 after working in non-profit communications for three years. She is passionate about creating content that features good people, good food or a good story. Olivia is a University of Houston alumna, Audible junkie and scuba novice.