Lime Christmas Tree Cookies

Bake up a batch or two of joy with these Lime Christmas Tree cookies!

Lime Christmas Tree Cookies
Yield: approximately 3 dozen (4-inch) cookies
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  1. 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 2 tablespoons lime zest
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  7. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
  9. 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  11. Green gel food coloring
  12. Garnish: gel icing, sugar stars, and confectioners’ sugar
  1. In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese. Beat at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add sugar to butter mixture. Beat at low speed until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high.
  2. Beat until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs, lime zest, and lime juice, beating to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, beating at low speed to incorporate. Increase speed to medium, and beat until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Add green gel food coloring, blending until cookie dough reaches desired shade of green.
  4. Divide dough in half. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1⁄4-inch thickness. Using a Christmas-tree-shaped cookie cutter, cut cookies, rerolling dough only once if needed. Place on prepared baking sheets. Using the tip of a paring knife, make indentations in each cookie to resemble branches.
  7. Bake until edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely.
  8. Place sugar star on top, securing with icing. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if desired.
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