25 Days of Christmas Cookies- Day 25

Day 25, Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you enjoyed the 25 Days of Christmas cookies  as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you all. I thought I would share with you my new favorite cookie of the season, now I know I have had some favorites along the way (how could I not), but this one is a new cookie to me and the lemon and chocolate flavor in this cookie is delicious. That citrus and chocolate combo gets me everytime.  Well I will keep this short and sweet, since Mr. Pea and I have some celebrating to do. I wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Next up in Mr. Pea's Countdown with Cocktails, to celebrate the New Year! Enjoy!



Lemon Trees

Makes about 80

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon peel
1 TBsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose flour

Beat butter, sugar, egg, lemon peel, lemon juice and salt together on high speed until pale and fluffy.On low speed, beat flour until just blended.

Divide dough into quarters (dough is very sticky). Wrap individually and chill for 2 hours or until firm.

To make the trees you will need a 3 inch tree-with-trunk cookie cutter, but you can make any shape you wuld like.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

On a lightly floured sheet of wax paper with a floured rolling pin, roll out 1 portion of dough to a 1/4 inch thick at a time (keeep the rest in the fridge until ready to use).

Slide wax paper baking sheets onto baking sheet and place into freezer for about 10 minutes or until firm.

Chill scrapes before rerolling and cutting.
Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are golden. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack for 3 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.

To Decorate:

Dip tree trunks in chocolae to coat, letting excess drip off. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheets.

Spoon melted green candy into a smallziptop food bag, snip off a corner of the bag and drizzle lines on trees (as shown above).

Sprinkle with nonpareils. Let Stand before storing.


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