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Chocolate Shortbread Trees

Chocolate Shortbread Trees

These chocolate butter cookies are decorated to capture the season.

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60 min
Prep Time
02 hrs 30 min
Total Time



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetend cocoa

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1 1/2 cups white baking chips

2 tablespoons shortening

Decorator sugar

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cocoa and cinnamon; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2- to 3-inch tree-shaped cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Melt baking chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until smooth.

  5. STEP 5

    Place icing in small resealable plastic food bag. Snip 1/8-inch off one corner. Pipe icing as desired onto cooled cookies. Decorate as desired. Let stand until set.

Tip #1

These cookies make pretty gifts. Wrap in red or green plastic food wrap and tie with a raffia bow.

Nutrition (1 cookie)

130 Calories
8 Fat (g)
15 Cholesterol (mg)
60 Sodium (mg)
13 Carbohydrates (g)
<1 Dietary Fiber
2 Protein (g)
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