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Lime Christmas Tea Cookies

Brighten your holiday cookie tray with these tangy frosted fir trees that are flecked with pistachios and flavored with lime juice and vanilla. They're a deliciously different cutout cookie. —Mary Ann Taday, East Lyme, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 to 12 drops green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • ICING:
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Green food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the lime zest, lime juice and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Beat in food coloring. Stir in pistachios. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, 5 tablespoons water and the meringue powder; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Thin with enough remaining water to achieve desired consistency. Divide in half; if desired, tint 1 portion green. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
    Frost and decorate cookies to resemble snow-covered trees or as desired. Let stand at room temperature several hours or until frosting is dry and firm. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 191 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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