I made a quick powdered sugar glaze and tinted it green. You could also flavor it with vanilla or peppermint if you liked, I just left mine plain. I piped it on the trees and then added an M&M before the glaze set.
Let the cookies sit on a rack or parchment until the glaze is completely set. I like to leave mine overnight, then I move them to an airtight container. I love how they turned out! It also would be fun to do reindeer or ornament shapes, just change out the icing colors accordingly.
Christmas Tree Shortbread
- 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (12 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
- 1/2c powdered sugar
- 1 to 3 teaspoons water
- Green food coloring
- Yellow M&Ms
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Add chocolate chips and, if desired, walnuts; mix well. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a tree shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
- Combine powdered sugar and water and food coloring to desired color and consistency. Spread or pipe on cookies. Add M&M. Let set for several hours or overnight before stacking.
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