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Traditional Holiday Cookie Tree

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As part of the Philadelphia Magazine Guide to Holiday Entertaining, Chef John Gallagher of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College shows us how make a traditional Holiday Cookie Tree. This is part of a series of episodes recorded on location at the Miele showroom in Princeton, New Jersey.
Ingredients
  Granulated sugar 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Sliced almonds 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs) (Raw)
  Pastry flour 4 1⁄2 Cup (72 tbs), sifted
  Softened butter 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Not Melted)
  Vegetable shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Vanilla 1 Teaspoon
  Almond extract 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Egg 1
  Powdered sugar 1 Pound
Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F

Grind sliced almonds with half of sugar until fine powder.

Cream butter, shortening, and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. (About 10 min.)

Add almond mixture, almond and vanilla extracts, and salt.

Beat on med. for 5 minutes.

Add eggs; beat again for 3 min.

Add flour; stir until just incorporated. DO NOT OVERMIX

Lightly spray the Kransekake molds with non-stick spray.

Roll cookie dough into 1/2“tubes; use the tubes to fill the molds. Fill all five molds.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

When cookies are cooled, use sharp knife to cut between each ring. (Do not worry if they crack)

Flip molds onto plate to release cookies.

Assembly
Combine 1 lb powdered (10x) sugar with enough water to make an icing stiff enough to pipe.

Divide in two; color one red and other green

Place each icing into separate pastry bags with a straight tip.

Place bottle of favorite champagne in middle of large plate.

Pipe some icing on bottom (not smooth side) of largest cookie.

Turn cookie over and put over bottle, carefully sliding it unto the plate.

Alternating icing colors; continue building “tree” using smaller cookies until ending with the smallest ring.

Should cookies break during assembly, use icing to glue together.

Tree should set for ½ hour before being ready to serve.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Almond, Milk Product
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
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