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Lemon Stars Recipe

Lemon Stars Recipe

Each one of these cookies has a citrusy zing and a light, crunchy texture. The star theme makes them ideal for the Christmas season. —Jacqueline Hill, Sandusky, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:108 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Yellow colored sugar, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Stir in sour cream and peel. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough into three balls; cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Remove one portion of dough from the refrigerator at a time. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. star cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, extract, food coloring if desired and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cookies; sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Yield: 9 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 43 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 23mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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Michael User ID: 8980913 257769
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"A very simple recipe to follow. One complaint was "no taste". The lemon flavor is subtle and is basically a not too sugary sugar cookie. Instead of adding lemon extract (which can create a bitter bite) consider more lemon rind and/or lemon juice. Another complaint had to do with rolling out the dough. They must have missed the part about 3 hours in the fridge and only working with as much as fills your cookie sheet(s). Again, just like sugar cookies. Most of the lemon zing will come from the frosting."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 257642
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"Just ok. Not very "lemony", although adding the lemon frosting helped some. The recipe was very easy, and I had no trouble with it not setting up in the fridge. Rolled easy."

malbrecht User ID: 8141734 214131
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"This is my favorite Christmas cookie! I love lemon! I have tried other recipes but I keep coming back to this one! It is always a hit at my annual Christmas cookie exchange!"

karlatj User ID: 7047441 181635
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I did not like this recipe. These cookies did not have any flavor. They were very bland and the dough was dry and difficult to roll out. I will not be making this again."

Nana2ian User ID: 3851089 210348
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I made these cookies with a bigger star!! I also added a bit more lemon peel. We loved them, the lemon taste was perfect. and decorating them make them perfect gifts. I think putting a straw hole in the top of each on before baking and putting a red ribbon on them would be a great for parties, put the names of each guest on them with edible markers. I also made some with blue glitter they also looked great!! I will def. be making this recipe for the yrs to come :)"

blondie_grl93 User ID: 5223762 163276
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"This cookie was delicious! Very cute and fun looking and even better tasting! My cookies only needed to be in the oven for 5mins or they would burn. I got about three dozon or so. I left my dough in over night and it was very easy to work with and cut out. The frosting was very good and the lemon falvor was great. Everyone loved them at Christmas! I defently will be making again"

BlackDuck531 User ID: 5636150 181632
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"If you like lemon, you will probably like these cookies. The recipe called for leaving it in the refrigerator for 3 hours before baking, but 1 hour sufficed for me. I thought the dough was easier to roll out than tradition cut-out sugar cookies. My family loved the lemon flavored frosting. A nice change and would make a nice summer "cooler" cookie. I would definitely make these again."

bevcurtis User ID: 2222168 93945
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"I used real lemon juice and some lemon pulp in place of the lemon flavoring... was the perfect amount of zing!"

gbjb User ID: 617715 176983
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Very good. Great lemon flavor.( Need to use a good quality extract for best flavor). Very pretty with the yellow sugar. Will definitely make again for the lemon fans in my family."

Bettyejane User ID: 2939644 117711
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"This recipe did not turn out at all; not enough flour to even make it roll out; kept sticking to rolling pin. Had to keep adding flour to make it stiff enough to roll out; not a very lemon flavor to it. Won't make it again."

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 176449
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"lemon is my favorite! Best recipe for a cookie I have seen in a long time!"

Vespertine User ID: 43809 142754
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I bet Linda meant you could brush the cookies with corn syrup and then sprinkle them with Jello instead of using the frosting and colored sugar."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1614792 108816
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"Use what corn syrup?? The jello idea works good."

Linda Branch User ID: 3444888 110106
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2009


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