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Touch-of-Gold Christmas Trees

You can decorate these pretty Christmas trees with other types of sprinkles if you don't have the gold dust. The filling alone makes the cookies special and so delicious! —Linda Sweet, Cornwall, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5-1/2 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large 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


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk and extracts. In a separate bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Using a cookie press fitted with a Christmas tree disk, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set (do not brown), 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread Nutella on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Brush tops with pearl dust. Store in an airtight container.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • The gold dust adds a classy, old fashioned touch to these cookies. Check out recipes for other vintage Christmas cookies.

  • Editor's Note
    Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
    Nutrition Facts
    1 sandwich cookie: 90 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • shereeder
      Nov 28, 2017

      Made this spritz recipe over the weekend. Turned out great! I do different colors and flavors for different designs. No need to chill this recipe and it worked fine in my cookie press.

    • Judith
      Nov 28, 2017

      Can these cookies be made using cookie cutters instead of a cookie press?

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    • dotty2224
      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.