- 1 cup refrigerated Holiday Cookie Dough
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- Green food coloring, optional
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 4 to 5 teaspoons lemon juice
- Green sprinkles
- 4 medium yellow spiced gumdrops
- Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. In a small bowl, combine dough and lemon peel. Tint with food coloring if desired.
- Divide dough into 20 pieces; shape each into an 8-in. rope. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray; form into tree shapes.
- Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
- For icing, combine confectioners' sugar and enough lemon juice to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cookies; decorate with sprinkles.
- For stars, place gumdrops on a sugared work surface. With a rolling pin, roll gumdrops to 1/8-in. thickness. Using a 1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out five stars from each gumdrop. Gently press stars into frosting on tops of trees. Yield: 20 cookies.
Originally published as Lemon Rope Trees in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p54
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