I really love my big tree, but this wall tree is very special to me. When my kids were really little and we lived in a tiny condo across the street from our house now, there was no space for a big tree. My mom let me have this 4' wall tree that is flat on one side and hangs on the wall. It was perfect for our tiny family and tiny space.
I had the kids help decorate some cookie ornaments that we could place on the wall tree. You know my favorites? The kid ones. Just look at the purple heart one. It makes my heart melt. The red burst...my kid did that. I love how they all go together...just like we go together so well.
I used Lilaloa's Chocolate Roll Out Cookie Recipe.
1 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups flour
She recommends baking at 375F for 6 1/2 minutes. I adjusted the baking temperature and time to 355F for 6-7 min. I bake at high altitude and baking at a higher temperature means the baked goods will bake faster. I love these cookies right out of the oven. The texture of the dough is like gingerbread dough and very easy to roll & cut. The texture of the cookie is a bit sugar gritty- which I love. The cookies were soft for a while ,but didn't stay as soft as my regular sugar cookie recipe. I'll definitely use this recipe again.
Pipe small dots to adhere sugar pearls with a tweezer.
Here are the snowflakes we made a couple of weeks ago and added to the tree.
I only used one large snowflake (7.5") on the wall tree, but the larger snowflakes on a larger tree would be amazing.
This about sums it up...Love.
I don't ever want to lose that 8 year old girl in me and I want my kids to look back with the same kind of fond memories.
When you get caught up in making everything picture perfect (guilty!), make sure you let your kids contribute in some way to your holiday decorating.