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Festive Stars

 Festive Stars
Adding delightful dimension to a holiday cookie assortment, these clever interlocking Christmas stars are shared by Caren Zimmerman of Franklin, Wisconsin. See the illustrations below for their easy assembly.
38 ServingsPrep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup red colored sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking
  • powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness.
  • Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. five-point star-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Cut a vertical slit between two points on each star to just above
  • the center; spread dough apart to form a 1/4-in. opening.
  • Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored
  • sugar. Bake at 400° for 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to
  • brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Assemble by placing two stars
  • together at slits. Yield: about 3 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 102 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.