Pistachio Shortbread Trees

Pistachio Shortbread Trees

Blend pistachios into basic shortbread, then add clever decorations to create charming holiday mini-trees.

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cup butter, softened
cup sugar
cup finely chopped pistachios
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
teaspoon vanilla
pretzel spindles or sticks, broken in half
cup powdered sugar
to 3 tablespoons milk
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine butter and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pistachios. Add remaining pistachios, flour and vanilla; mix well. Dough will be stiff.
  2. Divide dough evenly into 4 pieces; shape into balls. On lightly floured surface, pat each to form 6-inch round. Place rounds on sprayed cookie sheets. With table knife, lightly make indentations on surface of dough, dividing each round into 8 wedges. In outside edge of each wedge, insert 1 pretzel half for tree trunk.
  3. Bake at 325°F. for 16 to 21 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cut each round into 8 wedges; place on wire racks. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
  4. Very finely chop reserved 2 tablespoons pistachios. In small bowl, blend icing ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing in zigzag design over each cookie. Before icing sets, sprinkle cookies with reserved pistachios.
Makes 32 cookies
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
If baking 2 cookie sheets at one time, switch positions halfway through baking.
Ingredient Info
Pistachio nuts are easy to shell because the shells open naturally when the nuts are ripe. Discard unopened pistachio nuts; they are not ripe.
Kitchen Tips
Shelled pistachio nuts are more expensive, but they save prep time. Look for them in the grocery store produce department near the bulk nuts and dried fruit.
To transfer the dough round to the cookie sheets for baking, use two large pancake turners.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cookie)
  • Calories 125
    • (Calories from Fat 65),
  • Total Fat 7g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 50mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 7g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 ;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.