Pistachio Shortbread Trees

Blend pistachios into basic shortbread, then add clever decorations to create charming holiday mini-trees.

  • prep time 1 hr 15 min
  • total time
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 32

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup sugar
1/2
cup finely chopped pistachios
2 1/4
cups all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon vanilla
16
pretzel spindles or sticks, broken in half

Icing

1
cup powdered sugar
1
to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine butter and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pistachios. Add remaining pistachios, flour and vanilla; mix well. Dough will be stiff.
  • 2 Divide dough evenly into 4 pieces; shape into balls. On lightly floured surface, pat each to form 6-inch round. Place rounds on sprayed cookie sheets. With table knife, lightly make indentations on surface of dough, dividing each round into 8 wedges. In outside edge of each wedge, insert 1 pretzel half for tree trunk.
  • 3 Bake at 325°F. for 16 to 21 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cut each round into 8 wedges; place on wire racks. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4 Very finely chop reserved 2 tablespoons pistachios. In small bowl, blend icing ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing in zigzag design over each cookie. Before icing sets, sprinkle cookies with reserved pistachios.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cookie
    Calories
    125
    (
    Calories from Fat
    65),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    7g
    7%
    (Saturated Fat
    4g,
    4%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    15mg
    15%;
    Sodium
    50mg
    50%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    15g
    15%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    7g
    7%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    2%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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