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Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

Christmas cookies are fun to make and to eat!

Ingredients

Make 5 dozen 2-inch cookies

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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