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Festive Stars

Adding delightful dimension to a holiday cookie assortment, these clever interlocking Christmas stars are shared by Caren Zimmerman of Franklin, Wisconsin. See the illustrations below for their easy assembly.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup red colored sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. 5-point star-shaped cookie cutter. Cut a vertical slit between 2 points on each star to just above the center; spread dough apart to form a 1/4-in. opening.
  • Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake at 400° for 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Assemble by placing 2 stars together at slits.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 102 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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