LIME CHRISTMAS TEA COOKIES
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
10 to 12 drops green food coloring
3/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
Green colored sugar
1 In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lime juice, lime peel and vanilla. Gradually add flour. Beat in food coloring. Stir in the pistachios. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.
2 On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
3 In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners sugar and lime juice until smooth. Decorate cookies with frosting as desired and sprinkle with colored sugar. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: about 4 dozen.