Lemon Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

Lemon Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

A tender shortbread cookie dough is delicately flavored with lemon, then shaped and decorated to resemble Christmas trees.

45 min. prep time
48 cookies
222 Ratings



1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 to 3
teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1/2 cup pretzel twists or sticks, broken in half


Decorator sugar
Decorator sprinkles
Red cinnamon candies, if desired


Combine flour, powdered sugar and cornstarch in bowl; set aside.

Beat butter in another bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add flour mixture, lemon juice and lemon zest; beat at low speed until dough forms.

Shape dough into 2 (8-inch) logs; press in sides to form triangles with 1-inch base and 2-inch sides. Wrap each log in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Cut logs into 3/8-inch slices with sharp knife. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Insert pretzel half into bottom edge to form tree trunk. Press zigzag-style potato masher or fork tines into cookies to create horizontal lines for “trees.” Decorate with decorator sugar, sprinkles and red cinnamon candies, if desired.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Recipe Tip

- If dough is too firm to insert pretzels, allow to soften at room temperature a couple minutes.

- Sprinkle with white sparkling sugar or edible glitter after baking.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 60

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 45mg

Carbohydrates: 6g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14578©2009Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

The dough was extremely hard after refrigeration; inserting the pretzel tree trunks was impossible.
Variation: Omit pretzels. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, roll the balls in 1/4 cup white sugar to coat completely. Place dough balls on baking sheet and press flat with the bottom of a drinking glass or cookie stamp. Bake 8 to 9 minutes.
Tried it, but found the dough hard to mold and a lot of work, unless you have a lot of time and patience I would try another shortbread recipe for these pretty cookies.

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