Rosemary Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling


15 cookies

Updated: Nov. 29, 2023
These lovely treats are a traditional part of our Christmas cookie platter. Because the scent of rosemary and the shape of its leaves remind me of pine needles, I cut these using a Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter. They are fragile, so handle the dough and baked cookies carefully. —Amy Bartlett, Depew, New York
Rosemary Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Colored sugar, optional
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 10 to 12 tablespoons water
  • Green and brown food coloring
  • Large nonpareils


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. In another bowl, whisk flour, rosemary and sea salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-1/2x2-1/2-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. If desired, decorate with colored sugar now instead of frosting them after they're baked.
  4. Bake until edges begin to brown, 14-16 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  5. For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and enough water to reach desired consistency. Divide frosting and add food coloring. Decorate cookies with frosting and nonpareils.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 324 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.