Lemon Trees

Decorate the green trees with dough from the white trees and the white trees with dough from the green trees. Whichever trees, your guests sample, the lemon flavor of these Christmas cookies will be a pleasant surprise.

Lemon Trees
Yield: 2-1/2 dozen trees Prep 10 mins Chill 2 hrs plus 10 minutes Bake 350°F 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Liquid green food coloring
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 6 teaspoons lemon juice

Make It

1. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth, 1 minute. Beat in egg, vanilla, rind, juice. On low, beat in flour mixture. Remove half of dough to bowl; tint green. Flatten each half of dough into 8-inch disk; wrap each in plastic. Chill 2 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. On floured surface, roll out green dough, 1/8 inch thick. Cut out trees with 3-inch tree cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Gather scraps; reroll; cut out more trees. Repeat with white dough. Chill 10 minutes. Using 1/2-inch-round aspic cutter and flouring edge frequently, cut rounds from trees; put green circles in cutouts in white trees, and white circles in green trees.

3. Bake in 350 degree F oven until golden around edges, 10 minutes.

Glaze:

4. Mix sugar and juice. Brush on hot cookies; cool.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 91, Fat, total (g): 3, chol. (mg): 15, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 14, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 48, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.