Christmas Tree Cookies
2 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine,
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 each egg
1/4 cup green sugar crystals, about
1/4 cup confetti or nonpareil candy
1 decorations, optional
Preparation time: 20 minutes Chilling time: 4 hours Baking time: 10 minutes
1. Put flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, almond extract and egg into
large bowl of an electric mixer. Mix together, using low speed. Dough will be
crumbly. Then knead dough with hands until mixture holds together.
2. Remove 1/3 cup of the dough; wrap and refrigerate. Divide remaining dough in
thirds. Using hands, roll each into a 6-inch log.
3. Put sugar crystals on a sheet of wax paper. Roll each log in the sugar
crystals to coat well; use the wax paper as a guide to press in crystals. Shape
each log into a triangle, pressing gently on wax paper to give three sharp
corners. Make sure to make 2 sides longer than the third side. Wrap each log
well and refrigerate at least 4 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice. To
this point, cookies can be made up to a week in advance.
4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. To bake, slice logs crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
Put slices about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. For each cookie, shape
about 1/2 teaspoon of the reserved 1/3 cup dough into a tree trunk. Attach to
bottom underside of each tree. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with candy
decorations, if desired. Bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Carefully
remove to wire racks. Cool completely. Note: The logs can be divided and shaped
into 3 sizes and sliced to form a 3-tiered tree. These s cookies are easily
shaped into trees that are edged with glittery green sugar