Want To Bake A Cookie Forest?

by Kimberly A. Cook             (Twitter@  WarriorTales)

On Christmas Eve I decided I wanted to bake an old family favorite, Lemon Holiday Cookies. Now the only way I touch anything with lemon is with lots of sugar added, so these little treats fit the bill. We made these growing up using the manual turn cookie press and I love the scent of lemon in the air when they bake.


Original recipe being held by Baking Bear. I always use my beat up Sunbeam Mixmaster I bought at the Army PX. It’s vintage, but it works. 


Its been several years since I’ve made them, but I’d been given the cookie press by my Mom and using it always brings back great memories. So to pass on this gem of a recipe, here goes.

Lemon Holiday Cookies

Combine thoroughly in large bowl:

1 1/3 Cup soft shortening (half butter may be used, I do)

2 Cups sugar. (Was not kidding about the sugar)

Food coloring of your choice for color. (Green for trees!)


2 eggs, unbeaten

1/4 Cup Cream (or milk)

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp lemon extract

Sift together:

4 Cups sifted enriched flour

2 tsp double-acting baking powder

1 1/2 tsp salt. Add to blended mixture; mix well.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with spatula or fork. (Or use cookie press)


The cookie press and fabulous accessories.



Cookie Press loaded and almost locked for action.




A fabulous forest of naked Christmas trees.


Add colored sugar sprinkles for decoration. I like green and red.

Bake at 400 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool and store in tight containers. Makes about 12 1/2 dozen small cookies.


Decorated cookies. Obviously I need more practice, the edges are a little brown; Smokey the Bear would not be happy with me. But the cookies still taste great! 


What family holiday recipes do you cherish? Bake on!


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2 responses to “Want To Bake A Cookie Forest?

  1. Fabulously decadent! Love the vintage appliances. 🙂

  2. Janet

    We called these babies Spritz Cookies…ours are almond flavored! And my Mirro Cookie Press literally bit the dust last year! I did save some of the die cuttters with every intention of making ornaments out of them for my kiddos! Our tradition is Molasses Ginger Cookies…my grandma made them and stored them in a glass coffee jar that was from the 40’s! I still use it!

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