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Lime Christmas Tea Cookies

 Lime Christmas Tea Cookies
Luscious with lime juice and flecked with pistachio nuts, these tangy frosted fir trees are almost too pretty to eat! They're a delightful addition to yuletide cookie trays.
24 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 10 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 to 12 drops green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Green colored sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the lime juice, lime peel 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 small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and lime

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Lime Christmas Tea Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • juice until smooth. Decorate cookies with frosting as desired and
  • sprinkle with colored sugar. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: About
  • 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 191 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 104 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.