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Lemon Rope Trees

 Lemon Rope Trees
A holiday cookie platter just won't be complete without these scrumptious Christmas trees from our Test Kitchen! Firm and crispy with appealing lemon flavor, they're sure to disappear quickly!
20 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


  • 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

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Lemon Rope Trees (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cookie cutter, cut out five stars from each gumdrop. Gently press
  • stars into frosting on tops of trees. Yield: 20 cookies.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 86 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 41 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.