No-Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies

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These No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies are an easy no bake Christmas cookie that the whole family loves! Made with just a few ingredients and fun to decorate.

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green no bake cookies in cone shape decorate with white chocolate snow and m&ms

So I was determined this year to get a really good amount of Christmas baking done.

In fact, I started Christmas baking in July.

Last year, I didn’t do any Christmas baking. I didn’t even get a Christmas tree or any decorations.

We moved into our new house December 28 last year, so we were pretty much living out of boxes by that point, and things were pretty crazy.

I was determined to do better this year. Get a good early start and just go all out.

But this year, I’m expecting our second child right around December 15. Which really means probably sometime between December 1 and December 31 I’ll have a baby. That makes things a little hard to plan for.

However, it’s been just the push I needed this year to get a good early start, because I definitely wanted to have some recipes to share with you guys throughout December, regardless of when baby decides to make his or her appearance.

no bake christmas tree cookies on wire rack

So just because you haven’t been seeing them until now doesn’t mean I have been baking all things red and green and peppermint/white chocolate/gingerbread/cranberry – I’ve just been hiding them on you until the time was right.

That is, I’ve been saving them for you so that when the rest of the world starts Christmas baking, I’ll be ready with some awesome treats for you guys.

My mom made these for Christmas when we were still at home (though she tells me only once), and I knew I wanted to recreate them. I’ve been seriously lacking in the cute-and-seasonal category for pretty much every holiday up until now, and I wanted to fix that.

Plus, I really, really like Christmas.

The original recipe didn’t have the mini M&M’s, but I thought it might add more of a Christmas touch to my snow-capped trees.

Plus, chocolate.

When I was decorating them my husband came in and I told him I was only going to put the M&M’s on enough for my daughter’s day care friends, as a little farewell gift before I was at home with 2 kids.

He says to me, ” you’re only putting the M&M’s on those ones??”

I could hear his disappointment.

I explained to him that it was a little fussy and time-consuming, with the gooey chocolate getting on your fingers and then making it difficult to get the M&M’s on the trees…. etc., etc., etc..

And after he left I added M&M’s to all of them. Because baking for men is a lot like baking for children, I find. They get kind of excited about bright colors and such.

no bake christmas tree cookies up close on parchment paper

And plus, chocolate.

So they might not look super fancy, or even neat, but you should see the way my husband’s girl’s eyes lit up when she saw them. I have a feeling I’ll be making a few batches!

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No-Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

5 from 17 votes
No-Bake Christmas Tree Cookies: SO easy, just a few ingredients! Perfect for decorating with the kids.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 163cal


  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened is best)
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract (optional)
  • green food coloring
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips (or 100 grams chopped white chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • mini M&Ms


  • In a large pot (or in the microwave), melt butter. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and milk. Stir in coconut, vanilla/mint and enough food coloring to make the mixture green.
  • Shape into small balls (you might have to squeeze it to get it to stick), and using the tips of your fingers gently squeeze one side of the ball until it takes on a cone shape. It might take a few tries to get them how you like them, but if the mixture gets too cool to work with you can always heat on low a minute or 2.
  • If you see any later you want to reshape, they are easily reshaped at room temperature.
  • Place cookies uncovered on a baking sheet to set in the freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • In a small pot, melt chocolate, 2 tablespoons cream and 1 teaspoon butter over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Dip the tops of the cookies in the white chocolate to look like snow. Add mini M&M's if desired.
  • Set in the fridge or freezer to set before storing in an air tight container.


Ingredients and Substitutions:
  • Butter: I have not tried substituting this with anything other than dairy-free margarine, which works just fine.
  • Powdered sugar: these cookies are pretty sweet, but we like them. If you prefer less sweet desserts, you could try substituting about ½ cup of the powdered sugar for a no-bake safe unsweetened option, like almond or oat flour — although I have not tested the recipe this way.
  • Coconut: I highly recommend unsweetened coconut for this recipe so they are not overpoweringly sweet.
  • Mint: we love using mint in this recipe as it adds great flavor.
  • White chocolate: you can use chips, chopped, or melting wafers here. If you don’t like white chocolate, look for white vanilla melting wafers.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 163cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Kay says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this recipe!! I always mess up whatever I bake and these were so easy and basically fail proof! I needed a Christmas dessert and you helped me make something that actually LOOKS Christmassy and like I spent hours making them! I’m just so grateful, thank you again!

  2. lottie says

    Hi, I am looking to make these with a young group of children. We will not have time to chill them before we decorate with the chocolate and m&m’s. Do you think this will be a problem?

    We would make them and then the children would take them home and pop in the fridge.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Lottie! They set quickly but not sure if it will be quick enough. Honestly, I think your best option would be to do a test run to see if there are any issues with this way to do them. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

      • lottie says

        I will do a test and let you know! Sorry to be a pain but please can you let me know the recipe in grams? When I google cups to grams I am getting so many different weights!

      • The Recipe Rebel says

        Hi Lottie! I haven’t measured it out in grams. A good kitchen scale works great for this!

  3. Barbara Lochmondy says

    Is there something I can substitute for the coconut? That’s a lot to omit, but coconut isn’t very popular at my house.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Renee! They freeze perfectly! I’ve not tried to mail them before so you would be experimenting if you do! Let me know how it goes!

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