Star-Bright Cookies Recipe
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Star-Bright Cookies Recipe

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Sugar cookies are a must-have on any holiday cookie tray. These sweet star cookies are super cute and buttery, and they require no frosting.—Aneta Kish, La Crosse, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • Edible glitter

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 71 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in egg yolk, milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Remove 1/2 cup dough; stir in extract and food coloring. Wrap both portions of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll plain dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Roll peppermint dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a floured 1-1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Place one star in the center of each round cutout; sprinkle with glitter.
  4. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
Originally published as Star-Bright Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014

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