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Trimmed Tree Cookies

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Trimmed Tree Cookies
  • Prep 2 hr 30 min
  • Total 3 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 48
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Looking for a delicious dessert? Bake these cute tree shaped Christmas cookies – ready to be served for a bunch.
Updated Oct 10, 2014

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping Dough

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • Green, yellow and red food color

Steps

  • 1
    In large bowl, combine sugar, 2/3 cup butter, vanilla and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt; mix until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter; mix well. Add 3/4 cup flour and milk; mix at low speed just until blended. Add additional flour if necessary to reduce stickiness. To half of topping dough, add green food color; mix well. Divide remaining topping dough in half. Add yellow food color to one half; mix well. Add red food color to other half; mix well. Place 3 topping doughs in separate decorating bags fitted with desired tips or resealable food storage plastic bags with small hole cut in one bottom corner of each.
  • 3
    Heat oven to 375°F. On lightly flowered surface, roll out half of cookie dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. Keep remaining dough refrigerated. Cut with floured tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate cookies as desired with colored dough in bags.
  • 4
    Bake at 375°F. for 6 to 9 minutes or until firm and edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Paste food color creates hues that are bright and more vibrant than those produced by liquid food color. Look for paste food color in candy and cake-supply stores and in cookware stores.
  • tip 2
    Cookies bake evenly when they are of uniform thickness. Before cutting the cookies, use a ruler to check the thickness of the rolled dough.
  • tip 3
    To easily mix food color into dough, place the dough in a food storage plastic bag with the food color and knead it.
  • tip 4
    If you don't have pastry bags, you can snip away a corner of a food storage plastic bag and place the pastry tip in the corner.

Nutrition Information

70 Calories, 4g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 8g Total Carbohydrate, 4g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
70
Calories from Fat
35
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
70mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
8g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
4g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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