Christmas Tree Cookies

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This Christmas tree cookie recipe is a festive choice for the holiday season. Like other holiday cookie recipes, these are sweet and buttery with a Christmassy twist. The quick icing recipe for these cookies is an easy mixture of icing sugar and milk. A traditional way of decorating cookies during the holiday season is to flood the tops with loosened royal icing, but the process of decorating these cookies is far easier; you merely dip the cookies in the frosting and pipe a rim around the edges. The icing is flavored with almond extract, but if you aren’t a fan, you could substitute with some vanilla instead. If you want a good sugar cookie recipe, the dough would be an excellent base for cookies any time of year. Consider turning these cookies into an Easter treat with rabbit or egg-shaped cutters or cut into hearts for Valentine’s day. Whatever occasion you use this Christmas tree cookie recipe for, it will be a keeper.

Christmas Tree Cookies

Ingredients

Make 5 dozen 2-inch cookies

This is a printable recipe.


Cookies

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cookie Icing

1 cup confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons milk

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

green food coloring

Garnish

Piped colored frosting


Directions

In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to Mix confectioners' sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar together.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix in until combined.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place into the refrigerator and cool for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into two halves.

On lightly floured cloth-covered board, roll each half out to 3/16 inch thick. Cut into Christmas tree shapes.

Place onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake one sheet of cookies at a time on the middle rack for 7 to 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place the cookies onto wire racks to

Once completely cooled frost and decorate.

Cookie Icing

In a mixing bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Use an electric mixer to beat in the corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

Divide into separate bowls, if you want more than one color frosting, and add food coloring's to each to desired intensity.

Use piping tools for garnishing.

Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.


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Nutrition Facts for: Christmas Tree Cookies From Grandmother's Kitchen

Ingredients: Confectioners' sugar, butter, egg, pure vanilla extract, almond extract, all purpose flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, milk, light corn syrup.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 60 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 68, Calories from Fat 29, Total Fat 3.2g 5%, Saturated Fat 2.0g 10%, Cholesterol 11mg 4%, Sodium 45mg 2%, Potassium 16mg 0%, Carbohydrates 9.2g 3%, Dietary, Fiber 0.1g 0%, Sugars 5.0g, Protein 0.7g, Vitamin A 2%,Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%,Iron 2%

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