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Grandma's Star Cookies Recipe

Grandma's Star Cookies Recipe

My husband's grandma would only make these butter cutouts with a star cookie cutter. I use various shapes for celebrations throughout the year. —Jenny Brown, West Lafayette, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:42 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons orange juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring and colored sugar, optional


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars. 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. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 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° for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For frosting, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, orange juice concentrate, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Frost cookies; sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Yield: About 7 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 221 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Excellent butter cookie for holidays. ALL holidays. Best to make a day before frosting...too much work for one day."

Cookin' Emmie
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"These were very delicious, but LOTS of work. I made them for a bake sale, and I'm not sure they were worth the effort. The orange juice does give it a special flavor."

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