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Grandma’s Star Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 7 dozen

My husband's grandma would make these butter cutouts only with a star cookie cutter. I use various shapes for celebrations throughout the year. —Jenny Brown, West Lafayette, Indiana
Grandma's Star Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • Optional: Food coloring and sprinkles or colored sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 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 until dough is easy to handle, about 2 hours.
  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° until edges are firm, 7-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, orange juice concentrate, vanilla and enough milk to reach spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Frost cookies; decorate as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 111 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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