Touch-of-Gold Christmas Trees Recipe
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Touch-of-Gold Christmas Trees Recipe

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You can decorate these pretty Christmas trees with other types of sprinkles. And the filling makes the cookies special and so delicious! —Linda Sweet, Cornwall, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:66 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 66 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • Gold pearl dust

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 89 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and extracts. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Using a cookie press fitted with the Christmas tree disk, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Spread Nutella on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Brush tops with pearl dust. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 5-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
Originally published as Touch-of-Gold Christmas Trees in Taste of Home October/November 2010, p75

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dotty2224 User ID: 6814498 193046
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"Great Receipe! works very well with cookie press. Made pumpkin design at halloween and Thanksgiving. Big hit with everyone. I have even baked cookies and frozen. Then filled them when I needed them."

amsandrew User ID: 5674479 108563
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Either my cookie press was too big or this recipe was way off...I only got 20 cookies total and they were too big for one person.They tasted just ok - too much work for the end product."

butterflii410 User ID: 5185581 108562
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I made these for a family Christmas party. I didn't put 2 trees together like it said. I instead I just added a glaze and sprinkles. They were so good! My mom made chocolate fondue and we dipped them in that too. My dad liked them so much I left the rest with him and my sister wants the recipe to make for coworkers. Very yummy!"

dlr41261 User ID: 2794682 123128
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Didn't want to work well in the cookie press, so I just rolled them out and used a mini tree-shaped cookie cutter. Baked for only 6 minutes at 350 and came out great. I was afraid they would burn at the higher temp."

Lindyb1 User ID: 320850 193275
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"Hello thanks for reviewing my cookies. I just wanted you to know that you can use what is called Sanding Sugar for the Gold effect. It is similar to the colored sugar you buy in the grocery store except it is a little "chunky""

annsway1 User ID: 1667005 193267
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"These were great,even without the nutella.

Yes, you can use cookie cutter. YUM!"

Cookies1961 User ID: 5654949 121468
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Made these last year and they were good. The dust is a little expensive, so I used in moderation. It is a little hard to see. Green would be better."

pomlady User ID: 147395 189863
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Big question...I don't have a cookie press, could it be rolled out, or ??"

emiller1016 User ID: 5674029 192090
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I only had 1 tsp. of coconut extract so I used that instead of the vanilla and almond. They turned out awesome!"

mariecar6 User ID: 796757 212054
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Delicious! I used green pearl dust. My daughter's college classmates went wild over them!"

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