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Tasty Trees | Christmas Cookies and Treats

Tasty Trees

These Christmas tree pops are just right for keeping the little elves in your family busy.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • 2 or 3 tubes green icing
  • M&M's Minis

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium-size bowl. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, one third at a time, mixing well after each addition. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into a 1/4-inch thickness between sheets of waxed paper. Remove the top sheet. Use a butter knife to cut out 3-1/4-inch-tall triangles.
  3. Place the triangles on lightly greased cookie sheets 1 inch apart. Insert a craft stick three quarters of the way under each cookie. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookie edges turn light brown. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the pan, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Now your kids can decorate the tree pops with piped-on icing and candy "lights". Makes 5 dozen.

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