Here’s a recipe for another great holiday cookie – Chocolate Shortbread Trees. My mom first introduced me to these several years ago. They are soft, delicious, and very easy to make. I think the original recipe came off the back of a Land O Lakes butter box.
Chocolate Shortbread Trees 1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Sift flour, cocoa and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to mixture and beat until well mixed. Chill dough.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated) to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool completely on wire rack.
Icing 1 1/2 cups white baking chips
2 Tbsp shortening
Melt baking chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth (2 to 3 minutes). Place icing in small resealable plastic bag. Snip 1/8-inch off one corner. Pipe icing as desired onto cooled cookies. Decorate as desired, and let stand until set.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.
I must confess…I had some buttercream frosting on hand which I used to decorate the cookies with instead of making the white chocolate icing. It does sound divine, though! I also sprinkled the cookies with sanding sugar for a special touch. I just love how they look so festive for the holidays!