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. —Jenny Brown, West Lafayette, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 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

2 each: 221 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  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

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trishwall User ID: 5871595 135586
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

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

Cookin' Emmie User ID: 5394099 68959
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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