Matcha-Dragon Fruit Slice-and-Bake Trees

Forming the green portion of the dough into triangular log takes the work out of shaping perfect cookies, just slice and bake these Christmas tree cookies.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
115 mins
Servings:
42
Yield:
42 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup dragon fruit powder or freeze-dried raspberries*

  • 2 tablespoon matcha green tea powder

  • ½ cup whole almonds

Directions

  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour. Divide dough in half. Knead dragon fruit powder into one portion of the dough; knead matcha into remaining portion. If necessary, cover and chill dough until easy to handle.

  2. Shape green portion of dough into a 10-inch log. Shape into a triangular log by pinching lengthwise along one side to form a peak. Turn and repeat pinching lengthwise. Turn and repeat.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll red portion of dough to a 10×6-inch rectangle. Place matcha log lengthwise in center of rectangle. Bring sides of rectangle up over matcha log; seal edge. Wrap log with plastic wrap and freeze 1 hour or until firm.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut log into 1/4-inch slices, rotating as needed to keep the triangular shape. Place slices 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Press an almond under each center bottom edge to resemble a trunk. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool on wire rack. Makes 42 cookies.

Tips

Look for red dragon fruit powder or freeze-dried raspberries online. Process raspberries in a blender or food processor; remove seeds through a fine-mesh sieve.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

All Matcha Trees

To create a simply green matcha flavored cookie, prepare the dough as directed except do not split the dough into two portions. Omit the Dragon Fruit powder. Instead add 3 tbsp. of matcha powder to the dough and shape into the triangular log. Slice and bake according to recipe directions. If you like, after baking dip cookie edges in melted vanilla candy coating to create snow topped trees.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

87 Calories
4g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 42
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 23mg 0%
Folate, total 13.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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