1988 2nd Place Pat Egan's Christmas Tree Cookies

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Title: 1988 2nd Place Pat Egan's Christmas Tree Cookies
Yield: 72 Servings
Categories: Cookies, Holiday

Ingredients:

2 1/2 c Flour
1 c Sugar
1 c Butter or margarine,
Softened
1 1/2 ts Baking powder
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 ts Almond extract
1 Egg
1/4 c Green sugar crystals, about
1/4 c Confetti or nonpareil candy
Decorations, optional


Preparation time: 20 minutes Chilling time: 4 hours Baking time: 10
minutes

1. Put flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, almond extract and egg
into large bowl of an electric mixer. Mix together, using low speed. Dough
will be crumbly. Then knead dough with hands until mixture holds together.

2. Remove 1/3 cup of the dough; wrap and refrigerate. Divide remaining
dough in thirds. Using hands, roll each into a 6-inch log.

3. Put sugar crystals on a sheet of wax paper. Roll each log in the sugar
crystals to coat well; use the wax paper as a guide to press in crystals.
Shape each log into a triangle, pressing gently on wax paper to give three
sharp corners. Make sure to make 2 sides longer than the third side. Wrap
each log well and refrigerate at least 4 hours or until dough is firm
enough to slice. To this point, cookies can be made up to a week in
advance.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. To bake, slice logs crosswise into 1/4-inch
slices. Put slices about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. For each
cookie, shape about 1/2 teaspoon of the reserved 1/3 cup dough into a tree
trunk. Attach to bottom underside of each tree. Sprinkle each cookie
lightly with candy decorations, if desired. Bake until lightly browned,
about 10 minutes. Carefully remove to wire racks. Cool completely.

Note: The logs can be divided and shaped into 3 sizes and sliced to form
a 3-tiered tree. These second-place winning cookies are easily shaped
into trees that are edged with glittery green sugar.
Of her simple cookies, Pat Egan of Dolton, Illinois writes, "They're not
a fancy or gourmet cookie, but a simple symbol of the Christmas season that
is so close to my heart." from the Chicago Tribune annual Food Guide
Holiday Cookie Contest December 8, 1988
Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #340

From: Linda Place

Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 11:32:51 +0000