Twinkly Trees

Twinkly Trees
Yield: about 27 cookies Prep 30 mins Chill 3 hrs Bake 350°F 9 mins per batch

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons each crushed red, green, yellow and blue Jolly Ranchers® candy

Make It

1. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon zest and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until well combined. Divide dough into 3 sections and shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line cookie sheets with foil. Working on one disk at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until it's 1/4-inch thick (if too firm, let stand 5 minutes). Using a 5-inch tree cookie cutter, make as many shapes as possible. Transfer shapes to the prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Use a large straw, apple corer, or a 1/2-inch round pastry tip to remove circles of dough from the tree shapes to look like ornaments. If the dough becomes too warm refrigerate for 5 minutes.

3. Bake for 6 minutes, or until set, but not browning. Place on a wire rack. Sprinkle crushed candies into the openings. Return cookie sheets to the oven and bake until candy is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes more.

4. Transfer cookie sheets to a wire rack and cool completely. Carefully peel the cookies from the foil. Repeat with dough and candies. Makes about 27 cookies.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 169, Fat, total (g): 7, chol. (mg): 34, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 24, Monounsaturated fat (g): 2, sugar (g): 10, pro. (g): 2, vit. A (IU): 243, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 24, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 94, Potassium (mg): 26, calcium (mg): 20, iron (mg): 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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