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Santa Star Cookies

Cookie baking can't get any more fun than when you are making—and decorating—these adorable Santa cookies. They are also really good to eat. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 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
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Red and black paste food coloring
  • Decorating sprinkles, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. 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 easy to handle, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are firm, 7-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, 4-5 minutes. Tint 9 Tbsp. red and 2 Tbsp. tablespoons black. Leave remaining icing white. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
  • Place red icing in a pastry bag. With a #3 round pastry tip, pipe Santa's hats and suits. Once the red icing is dry, use black icing with a #1 round tip for eyes, mittens, belts and boots. With white frosting and a #2 round tip, add the trim for hats and suits. Use the same tip for mustaches and beards. If desired, use sprinkles for belt buckles and mouth.
Editor's Note
Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 117 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • carol
    Dec 19, 2018

    wasn't too fond of the recipe... but the cookies are adorable!

  • balboia
    Jan 18, 2012

    I used my own sugar cookie recipe but I have never found a santa cookie cutter I liked so using the star was the best i have ever seen and the detailing was the best I received so.. many compliments on my cookies,I will use my star cookie cutter to make my 2 new favorite cookies.

  • seekere
    Dec 12, 2011

    No comment left

  • bestbites
    Dec 11, 2011

    I have been making this cookie for three years. I make it as a cookie pop and use it in baskets. it's great.

  • Iglika
    Dec 21, 2010

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