Lemon Nut Star Cookies Recipe
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Lemon Nut Star Cookies Recipe

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Family and friends will say "Hooray!" when they see these star-spangled cookies from our Test Kitchen. Make these treats throughout the year by using different cookie cutter and food coloring.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:33 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 33 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Red and blue food coloring

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 171 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lemon juice, cream and lemon peel.
  2. Combine the flour, almonds, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, corn syrup and lemon juice until smooth. Divide into three bowls. Tint one portion red and one portion blue; leave the third portion white. Spread over cookies; let stand overnight for glaze to harden. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Nut Star Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p215

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"I am not sure what may of gone wrong with the other reviewers who felt these were garbage. They are very good, I followed the directions with minor changes, changed out the lemon zest for orange zest. My only issue was with the glaze, did not work out as easily as I would of thought, but the taste overall is good. We made these for my Grandson's scout picnic and he loves them."

Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"Sorry- flour!"

Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"What a nasty dough recipe! Had to add more flower and freeze to do anything with it. Of course, that made rolling so much easier..."

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2009

"Terrible -- I love almonds and lemon and thought the cookies would be a winning combination -wrong - will probably throw in the garbage -- sorry!!"

Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"I love that you have next to the recipe, the nutrition facts. That is very helpful for people who do the point system to loose weight. I hope to see more nutrition facts next to the recipes. Thank you again."

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