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With Christmas around the corner, most of you would be getting busy shopping, baking, decorating and planning for the New Year to come as well. December is a wonderful month for all the Bakers. You get to bake traditional dishes, try new dishes. Being a amateur in baking, I wanted to try so many new dishes and learn many new things. One such dish I was waiting for a very long time to bake is this Christmas Tree Cookies. This is a traditional Irish recipe and it’s super simple to make. And the end dish is a beautiful cute little Shortbread Christmas tree cookies. Go ahead read the recipe and don’t miss to make these cute little tree cookies for this Christmas ;) :D

DSC_0839_086 DSC_0841_088 DSC_0845_089 DSC_0847_090 DSC_0848_091 DSC_0849_092 Here’s Irish Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies recipe

Recipe inspired from here-


1 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup confectioners sugar (icing sugar)
green and yellow food dye
Red edible pearl decorations


1. Preheat the oven to 180oC

2. Add room temperature butter to a bowl of a electric beat and beat the butter until the butter loosens up, then add sugar and beat butter – sugar mix until they are light and pale in color.

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3. Add the vanilla extract.

4. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 60 minutes.

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6. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 -8 minutes, until the edges begin to brown lightly. Allow to cool to room temperature.

IrisH SHort Bread Cookie Tree5 IrisH SHort Bread Cookie Tree6 7. To make your frosting: Mix your confectioners sugar with a few drops of water and stir. Take care to not add too much for it will be really hard to get it thick again.

8. In seperate bowls, add the food color to reach desired color of green and yellow.

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10. Stack the cookies on top of each other binding each layer with a drop of frosting.

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IrisH SHort Bread Cookie Tree10 IrisH SHort Bread Cookie Tree11 11. Once dry, place your pearl decorations or any other decoration candies on the points of the stars

12. Finish the tree by placing the star on top!!! Enjoy this cookie :)

DSC_0836 My Notes:-

1) The smaller star shaped cookies will cook faster than the bigger ones. So make sure you remove the smaller cookies much before the mentioned time or you can bake bigger cookies seperately and smaller ones seperately
2) Christmas tree is not complete without decoration. So I used red candies to decorate the Tree cookies. You can use any candy pearls of any color and decorate it.

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13 Responses

  1. I’m seriously impressed Jyothi! These are adorable, what a creative way to make a Christmas tree cookie. Love it!

  2. They are beautifully arranged and wonderfully decorated..Love these shortbread tree cookies..

  3. I am just loving the idea of making shortbread cookie trees! These are so perfect for Christmas,.. think I still have time to make them before the 25th too!

  4. Shikha says:

    How much time does it take for the icing to become hard ?

    • jyothirajesh says:

      Shikha – It took me about 10 minutes to turn hard and stick to gather

      • Shikha says:

        Ok thanks a lot for this recipe :-) I tried it and it has come out very nice and tasty. It is possible to mix something more in the icing along with sugar for a different flavour

        • Shikha says:

          Wanted to know if it is possible to mix something else in the icing for a different flavour other than plain sugar

          • jyothirajesh says:

            Shikha – you can try it, in place of icing sugar you can even try with melted chocolate. I haven’t tried it though, so I’m not very sure

        • jyothirajesh says:

          Good to know that the cookies turned out good! Thank you for trying! I idea behind using icing sugar was to try to make a icing that will harden and hold to gather.

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