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Irish Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

4.73 from 11 votes
Make my traditional delicious Irish Shortbread Cookies into adorable Christmas Tree Cookies perfect for the holiday season!
Christmas Tree Cookies - thee most festive cookies you will ever eat.

Hi Bold Bakers!

I’m excited to share with you my traditional Irish Shortbread Cookies recipe with a BIG & BOLD twist: we’re making Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies. So let’s get baking!

I have gotten a lot of requests from you to see more traditional Irish recipes so this is one of them.

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Irish Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

4.73 from 11 votes
Make my traditional delicious Irish Shortbread Cookies into adorable Christmas Tree Cookies perfect for the holiday season!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 20
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Make my traditional delicious Irish Shortbread Cookies into adorable Christmas Tree Cookies perfect for the holiday season!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • FOR THE COOKIES:
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz, 345g) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (7.5oz, 216g) sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups (1lb 1/2oz, 469g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FOR THE ICING:
  • 1 cup (41/2oz, 127g) confectioners sugar (icing sugar)
  • water
  • green and yellow food dye
  • Red edible pearl decorations

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350oF (180oC).
  • In an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the room temperature butter and sugar until they are light and pale in color.
  • Add the vanilla.
  • 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.
  • Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut using star cutters. Here is where I bought them: http://bit.ly/starcutters
  • Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the edges begin to brown lightly. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • 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.
  • In seperate bowls, add the food dye to reach desired color of green and yellow.
  • Frost each cookie for the trees. Make sure to save some small stars to be dyed yellow to go on top. Leave to dry.
  • Stack the cookies on top of each other binding each layer with a drop of frosting.
  • Once dry, place your pearl decorations on the points of the stars.
  • Finish the tree by placing the star on top!!! Enjoy this cookie 🙂

 

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Jenna Anastasia
11 months ago

Gemma I love this recipe and I was so inspired by your Christmas tree design! I used some of the extra dough, after cutting out the stars, to make little square cookies that I decorated as presents to put around the tree. Thanks for all the holiday baking ideas!

shaira inderjeeth
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shaira inderjeeth
5 days ago

Hi what sugar do use for irish coo
kies
Is it castor sugar or icing sugar

Dianna
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Dianna
6 days ago

So fun to find your recipe to make a Christmas tree. My husband and I made Our first one last year. Our set of star cookie cutters (green from Amazon) has more stars—10 star nesting cookie cutters. We were to use two of each size which makes a taller tree. Otherwise it was the same. I wanted a different recipe because the one we found last year was not as tasty as we would have liked. We did not use the smallest star for the top. We used an angel we had been given that was part of a tiny… Read more »

Kuks
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Kuks
3 months ago

Hello there, got a question.
May I substitute the butter with margarine in this recipe and all your other recipes? Margarine is what we use in Ghana for baking. It’s more available and cheaper. Will it change the texture and what tweaks will I need to make if any?
Thank you

Blair
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Blair
11 months ago

I was wondering do you normally bake using weight or by more American standards like cups or volume. I have heard that weight should be more accurate but I have tried it and haven’t gotten the best results so far. Btw these were a huge hit at my house .

Shield0808
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Shield0808
1 year ago

Hi Gemma
How far in advance can these be made ? Thankyou
Andrea

SmritiJhamb
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SmritiJhamb
1 year ago

Salted or unsalted butter?

Member
2 years ago

Hi Gemma,
Thank you for posting recipes!???? They all look so good! I have one question about this recipe. What would the measurement of butter be in cups. Love from downtown Toronto, Canada!

Dalaine
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Dalaine
2 years ago

Hi Gemma, I have commented before on Your Yummy looking and sounding recipes. I cannot wait to try this one. Do You know if We, Americans copied Your Ireland’s Shortbread Cookies? We only added an egg and called them Sugar Cookies?! I would think that We did. I love Shortbread Cookies. I cannot wait to try to make these Shortbread Cookies. They look and sound delicious. I live smack- dab in the middle of THE US.in Rapid City, South Dakota. I have only ever met 1 other Gemma. I am a Native American of The Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe. Anyway,… Read more »

Ekaterina R.
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Ekaterina R.
2 years ago

Gemma, I’m sorry to spell your name incorrectly, just typing from mobile (

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