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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.

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45 min
Prep Time
03 hrs 15 min
Total Time



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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    Heat oven to 350°F. 

  5. STEP 5

    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.

  6. STEP 6

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

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Tip #1

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

Tip #2

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

Tip #3

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

Nutrition (1 cookie)

60 Calories
4 Fat (g)
10 Cholesterol (mg)
45 Sodium (mg)
6 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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