Save on Pinterest

Holiday Star Cookies

These lovely treats are both a cookie and a candy. A melted hard-candy center looks like stained glass surrounded by a frosted cutout cookie.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    22 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Assorted colors of Jolly Rancher hard candies
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Assorted colors of paste food coloring
  • White edible glitter

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide into three portions; cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Roll out one portion between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 5-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Cut out centers with a floured 2-1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Place larger cutouts 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough; reroll small cutouts if desired.
  • Place the same color of hard candies in small resealable plastic bags; crush candies. Sprinkle in center of each. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2-3 minutes or until candies are set before carefully removing to wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, beat meringue powder and water until soft peaks form. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar. Tint icing to match the selected candies. Decorate cookies with icing; sprinkle with edible glitter.
Editor's Note
Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.

Recommended Video

Reviews

Click stars to rate