1/2cupcolored sugar for sprinkling on the scones: green
1/2cupM&M’s or other candies
4thin pretzel sticks
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Place the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt into the bowl of food processor fitted with a metal blade. Secure the lid and pulse briefly to mix. Add the butter pieces and process until coarse crumbs are formed. Pour this crumb mixture into a large mixing bowl.
If you do not have a food processor, the same effect can be achieved in a mixing bowl with a pastry blender, fork, or two table knives held together.
In the processor bowl (no need to wash it), combine the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into dry crumb mixture and stir quickly, just until a sticky dough forms. Overmixing will result in tough scones.
Empty the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead three or four times with floury hands. Shape the dough into a large, flat round. Cut the round into eight wedges.
Sprinkle the wedges heavily with green sprinkling sugar. As you separate the wedges, flatten the rounded side so that it forms the bottom of a Christmas tree. Place the eight trees equally spaced on the prepared sheet pan.
Decorate the trees with M&Ms and other baking candies. These will be your tree ornaments.
Insert half a pretzel stick into the base of each wedge. This will be your tree trunk.
Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before serving.
To freeze: Freeze scones before baking by placing the baking sheet in the freezer. Once hard, remove them from the pan and store in an airtight container. Bake from frozen, adding 5 minutes to the baking time. Alternatively, store cooled and baked scones in an airtight container in the freezer.To make as a mix: Take a large ziptop bag or container and label it with the wet ingredients and the baking instructions. Measure out the main dry ingredients into the bag. Store the decorations in a separate bag. Seal and store until ready to use.Nutritional values are approximate and do not account for decorations.