Chocolate Shortbread Trees

Chocolate Shortbread Trees
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3 Reviews
These chocolate butter cookies are decorated to capture the season.
60 min
Prep Time
2:30
Total Time
36 cookies

Ingredients

Cookie

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

Icing

1 1/2 cups
white baking chips
2 tablespoons
shortening
Decorator sugar

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  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. 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. Melt baking chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
  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.

Recipe Tips

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

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

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

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

delicious and different

Rating

These cookies are very chocolatey. Be sure to roll them 1/4 inch as stated, otherwise they break. I also found it easier to use melted white chocolate bark instead of melted chocolate chips.

Rating

I had an older recipe that called for 1 3/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup cocoa and everyone liked them.

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