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Santa Star Cookies

 Santa Star Cookies
Cookie baking can't get any more fun than when you are making—and decorating—these adorable Santa cookies. They are also really good to eat. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
72 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing

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 King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Red and black paste food coloring

Directions

  • 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.

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Directions (continued)

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
  • Cut with a 4-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.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, meringue
  • powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Tint 9
  • tablespoons red and 2 tablespoons black. Leave remaining icing
  • white. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If
  • necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
  • Place red icing in a pastry bag. With a #3 round pastry tip, pipe
  • Santa's hats, noses and suits. Use black icing for eyes, mittens,
  • belts and boots. With white frosting and a #16 star tip, add the hat
  • trim, mustaches and beards. With a round tip, add the suit trim.
  • Yield: about 6 dozen.