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Sparkle Trees

Makes: 16 to 28 servings Yield: 16 (6-inch) or 28 (4-inch) cookies
Prep 50 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 350°F 12 mins
Sparkle Trees
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  cups  butter, softened
  • 1 1/3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  recipe Powdered Sugar Icing
  •  Green colored sugar
  •  Candied red cherries, sliced
Directions

1. In large mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl. Beat in vanilla. Add flour; beat until dough comes together. Wrap and chill dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface, roll one half of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with 4- to 6-inch tree-shape cutters. Place cutouts 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely.

3. Brush cookies with strokes of Powdered Sugar Icing; sprinkle with green sugar. Add cherry slice to top. Makes 16 (6-inch) or 28 (4-inch) cookies.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days; freeze up to 3 months.
  • Nutrition facts are given for each 6-inch cookie.
Powdered Sugar Icing

Yield: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2 - 3  tablespoons  milk
Directions

1. Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to make thin icing. Refrigerate icing up to 1 week. Let come to room temperature; if necessary, thin with few drops milk. Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts (Sparkle Trees)
  • Servings Per Recipe 16,
  • cal. (kcal) 380,
  • Fat, total (g) 18,
  • chol. (mg) 46,
  • sat. fat (g) 11,
  • carb. (g) 54,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 35,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 534,
  • vit. C (mg) 7,
  • sodium (mg) 162,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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