Lime Christmas Tea Cookies

Brighten your holiday cookie tray with these tangy frosted fir tree that are flecked with pistachios and flavoured with lime juice and vanilla. The festive treats are almost too pretty to eat!

Lime Christmas tea cookies
Lime Christmas Tea Cookies
Lime Christmas Tea Cookies
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4dozen 1hour + chilling 10minutes per batch
Servings Prep Time
4dozen 1hour + chilling
Cook Time
10minutes per batch
Ingredients
Portions: dozen
Units:
Ingredients
Portions: dozen
Units:
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lime zest, lime juice and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Beat in food colouring. Stir in pistachios. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water and meringue powder; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Divide in half; if desired, tint one portion green. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
  4. Frost and decorate cookies as desired. Let stand at room temperature several hours or until frosting is dry and firm. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

1 cookie: 191 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fibre), 3g protein.

Originally published on Taste of Home.