Faith Gorsky

Iced Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies

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When I think of holiday cookies, cut-outs always pop into my head first. My mom has been making regular cut-outs for as many Christmases as I can remember and they’ve always been a favorite. Maybe it’s the cut shapes or the pretty decorations; I don’t know, but there’s just something about this kind of cookie that is so festive.

Here I took cut-outs to the next level with a peanut butter makeover! These cookies are crispy outside, chewy inside, and bursting with peanut butter flavor. After eating them you might never want a regular cut-out cookie again (which is really saying a lot!). If you’ve never made cut-outs before, don’t worry because the dough is pretty easy to handle; I think once you see how painless they are to make, these might just become your go-to cookie.

Topped with a simple glaze and colorful sugar or sprinkles, these cookies are perfect for getting into a holiday mood!

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Yield: 18-24 cookies

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter

For the cookies
3/4 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more to roll out the dough
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

For the glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water (slightly more or less as needed)

Other
Colored sugar or sprinkles, for decorating

Procedure

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with silpat liners or parchment paper.

2. For the cookies, cream together the peanut butter, butter, and sugar, and then stir in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir to combine. Knead the dough a couple times to form it into a ball, then flatten it slightly into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 20 minutes.

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies - Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir to combine

3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to stamp out Christmas trees (or any other shape you like), and then arrange the cookies about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Collect the dough scraps, re-roll the dough, and stamp out more cookies until all the dough is used. (Try to not have to re-roll more than 3 times because the dough gets harder to work with as more flour gets incorporated into it.)

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies - Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to stamp out Christmas trees

4. Bake the cookies 1 tray at a time until golden brown, about 9 to 11 minutes. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the tray, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies - Bake the cookies 1 tray at a time until golden brown, about 9 to 11 minutes

5. Once the cookies are cool, make the glaze. While stirring, gradually add enough water to the powdered sugar so it reaches your desired consistency.

6. Spread a thin layer of glaze on a cooled cookie and immediately sprinkle on colored sugar or sprinkles; repeat until all the cookies have been glazed and decorated. Let the glaze set before serving.

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies - Spread a thin layer of glaze on a cooled cookie and immediately sprinkle on colored sugar or sprinkles

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies - Let the glaze set before serving

Glazed Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies

Note: You can store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

What are your favorite cookie cutter shapes?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Smooth Operator, the peanut butter used in this recipe.

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
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– Winner(s) will have until 12/31/14 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one jar of Smooth Operator peanut butter. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
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22 Responses to Iced Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Christine A. says:

    I love to use cookie cutters in the shapes of light bulbs, stars and stockings!

  2. Nancy says:

    Gingerbread men are the favorite

  3. theresa krier says:

    hi, my favorite cookie cutter shapes are trees & stars, thanks, love peanut butter

  4. Kerri says:

    I love to use my sleigh cookie cutters, it’s my favourite.

  5. Lyn says:

    The best shapes are the angels and the sheep and horses.

  6. Kelli says:

    The snowflake shapes are so pretty when decorated.

  7. Francisco says:

    Reindeer!

  8. Melissa Asper says:

    Stars ☆☆☆☆

  9. Jaynita P says:

    I recently bought a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter…can’t wait to make these into Mickey shapes.

  10. John says:

    My favorite cookie cutter shape is the maple leaf. No I’m not Canadian, just love maple!

    • Kevin says:

      My Canadian wife would love that. Wait, that sounds like I have multiple wives in various countries. My one and only wife, who happens to be Canadian, would love that.

  11. Sandy N says:

    Snowman

  12. Cheryl Frye says:

    Star of Christmas

  13. Kevin says:

    Think I’ll try this recipe with maple peanut butter and omit icing. Might use sprinkles though.

    I like the bell-shaped cookie cutter.

  14. Jessica says:

    My favorite cookie cutter is my seahorse cookie cutter. I was a marine biology major and it’s my favorite animal. What else can I say?

  15. Jessica W says:

    I just got “ninja” cookie cutters and I love them! Made ninja gingerbread men this year haha

  16. Marco says:

    A Christmas tree!!!

  17. Abby says:

    I like snowmen and gingerbread men the best, but they’re all a lot of fun!

  18. Kristine says:

    My favorite shapes are those you can have fun decorating. You can put sprinkle ornaments on little cookie trees or sprinkle faces on snowmen and Santa Claus’.

  19. Jennifer says:

    Cats and dogs!

  20. Cathleen says:

    You’ve really helped me unsntdraed the issues. Thanks.

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Iced Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Cookies