Lemon Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

Lemon Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
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2 Reviews
A tender shortbread cookie dough is delicately flavored with lemon, then shaped and decorated to resemble Christmas trees.
45 min
Prep Time
3:15
Total Time
48 cookies

Ingredients

Cookie

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

Decorations

Decorator sugar
Decorator sprinkles
Red cinnamon candies, if desired

Directions

  1. Combine flour, powdered sugar and cornstarch in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture, lemon juice and lemon zest. Beat until dough forms.
  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 until firm (2 hours).
  4. Heat oven to 350°F. 
  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. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Recipe Tips

- 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
Cholesterol
10mg
Carbohydrates
6g
Protein
1g
Fat
4g
Sodium
45mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

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.

Rating

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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