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Lemon Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Lemon Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies (Gluten-Free Recipe)

The delicate lemon flavor shines in these tender shortbread cookies.

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45 min
Prep Time
03 hrs 15 min
Total Time



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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

    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.

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

  6. STEP 6

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

Tip #1

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.

Tip #2

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 (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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