Grandma's Star Cookies Recipe
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Grandma's Star Cookies Recipe

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My husband's grandma would only make these butter cutouts with a star cookie cutter. I use various shapes for celebrations throughout the year.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring and colored sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 221 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice concentrate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. star shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, orange juice concentrate, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Frost cookies; sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Grandma's Star Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p86

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 221 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

Excellent butter cookie for holidays. ALL holidays. Best to make a day before frosting...too much work for one day.

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Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

These were very delicious, but LOTS of work. I made them for a bake sale, and I'm not sure they were worth the effort. The orange juice does give it a special flavor.

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