Lemon-Rosemary Cutout Trees
I recommend serving these cookies with tea. They're not too sweet and the lemon and rosemary pair well with a cup of Earl Grey tea.—Sarah Reynolds, Victoria, British Columbia
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Coarse sugar, optional
- 1 to 2 tablespoons vanilla frosting
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, rosemary, lemon zest and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out 30 trees, using a floured 3-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter; cut out 30 stars, using a floured 1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter.
- Place trees 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- Place stars 1 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on pan. Attach stars to trees with frosting.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 72 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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Originally published as Rosemary and Lemon Tree Cookies in Country Woman Magazine - Release to Web 2013 and 2014