Winter Forest Christmas Trees Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time20 MinCooking Time40 Min
Ready In1 Hr 0 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexJust EnjoyCuisine
CourseMethod
Speciality, Vegetarian
Main Ingredient

Ingredients

For cookies
 Butter/Margarine1 Cup (16 tbs), softened
 Confectioners sugar1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), sifted
 Egg1
 Vanilla extract1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 All purpose flour1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Baking soda1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Cream of tartar1⁄4 Teaspoon
For decorating icing
 Confectioners sugar3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs), sifted
 Milk1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
 Light green food color3⁄4 Teaspoon
 Mint extract1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Coarse decorating sugar2 Tablespoon (white, adjust quantity as needed)
For royal icing
 Confectioners sugar1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), sifted
 Water2 1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Meringue powder1 Teaspoon
 Food coloring paste4 Tablespoon (yellow and red paste, adjust quantity as needed)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4762 Calories from Fat 1676

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 191 g293.1%

Saturated Fat 118.6 g593.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 702.8 mg234.3%

Sodium 872.3 mg36.3%

Total Carbohydrates 745 g248.4%

Dietary Fiber 1.7 g6.8%

Sugars 674.8 g

Protein 21 g41.5%

Vitamin A 118.9% Vitamin C 4.1%

Calcium 17.6% Iron 21.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

MAKING
1. In large bowl cream butter and confectioners-€™ sugar until fluffy and beat adding egg and vanilla until smooth.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar and stir in dry ingredients to creamed mixture until a soft dough forms.
3. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and chill 3 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
5. On a lightly floured surface using a floured rolling pin roll out half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
6. Use a 3 x 5 1/4-inch tree-shaped cookie cutter to cut out cookies.
7. To a lightly greased baking sheet transfer cookies and bake 5 to 7 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned.
8. Keep waxed paper underneath and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
9. Repeat with remaining dough.
10. For decorating icing, in a medium bowl stir confectioners sugar, milk, food coloring and mint extract until smooth.
11. Ice cookies and before it is completely dry, sprinkle with coarse decorating sugar letting it to harden.
12. For royal icing, in a small bowl with an electric mixer beat confectioners sugar, water, and meringue powder 7 to 10 minutes or until stiff.
13. In a small bowl place 2 tablespoons icing tint yellow and tint remaining icing red.
14. Into a pastry bag fitted with a medium round tip spoon red icing.
15. Pipe red birds onto trees.
16. Spoon yellow icing into a pastry bag fitted with a very small round tip and pipe small beaks onto birds.
17. Allow icing to harden and store in single layers between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container.

SERVING
18. Serve as snacks alongside beverages or as desired.
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