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Christmas Tree Shaped Butter Cookies

  • Cook Time: 12 - 14 minutes
  • Course: Dessert

Nothing says Christmas like decorating the tree, and now you can do it with your cookies too! Just grab some Parchment Paper, some icing and a pinch of sprinkles to make some of the tastiest and best looking butter cookies you've ever had.

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  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Powdered Sugar Icing
  • Decorative sprinkles and/or edible glitter


Step 1

In an extra large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt. Beat until well combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour with the mixer, continuing to beat until dough comes together.

Step 2

Wrap and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.*

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 4

Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a 4- to 6-inch tree-shape cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Step 5

Repeat with remaining portion of dough, rerolling dough as needed. Arrange cookies 2 inches apart on Reynolds® Parchment Paper lined cookie sheets.

Step 6

Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.

Step 7

Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

Step 8

Spoon icing into a small resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; snip off a small corner of the bag.

Step 9

Pipe a border around tree edge. Squeeze enough icing in the middle of cookie to cover rest of cookie. Spread icing with a toothpick or small paintbush. Decorate as desired.

Step 10

Let stand until icing is dry.

Step 11

In a large bowl, stir together 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk (2 to 3 tablespoons) to make an icing that will just hold a line when piped.

Step 12

Tint icing green. Makes about 1 cup.

Step 13

To store Store dried iced cookies between layers of parchment paper in an airtight container at room temperature up to days or freeze up to months.

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