Lemon Shortbread Trees (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Lemon Shortbread Trees (Gluten-Free Recipe)

The delicate lemon flavor shines in these tender shortbread cookies.

45 min. prep time
48 cookies
131 Rating



1 3/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)
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 gluten-free pretzel sticks, broken in half


Decorator sprinkles


Combine flour blend, 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 knife handle into cookies to create lines for “trees”. Decorate with decorator sprinkles.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets.

Recipe Tip

Gluten-Free Flour Blend: Combine 2 cups rice flour, 2/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca flour and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum. Use appropriate amount for recipe; store remainder in container with tight-fitting lid. Stir before using.

This recipe was developed using alternative flours and products labeled as “gluten-free.” The best source for additional information is the ingredient listing on product packaging. Learn about gluten-free baking.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 60

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 45mg

Carbohydrates: 6g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14578b©2009Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

you can also make a powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting for these cookies... I am excited to bake and eat these.
This recipe was amazing! I made it with my 3 and 6 year old girls! They are both gluten free and love these cookies so much, we make them in the summer. I recomend this to anybody on this particular gluten free diet. My only concern was the girls hated the lemons, so i took it out and they really enjoyed it.

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