Chanukah Star Cookies

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 30m

Yields about 40 cookies

No matter what your age, it is always fun to cut out and decorate cookies. Using small rolling pins will make spreading the dough less frustrating for children. I keep an assortment of cookie cutters on hand for all sorts of holiday projects. I sometimes cut out a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich with a Star of David cookie cutter for a lunch box surprise.


  • For the Cookies:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the Icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 or 3 drops blue food coloring


TO MAKE THE COOKIES: With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the egg. Add the vanilla extract and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl. Add to the creamed mixture and stir until smooth. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Divide the dough into 2 or 3 portions. On a generously floured board, roll out each portion 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes using flour-dipped 3-inch cookie cutters and place cookies on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on a rack.

TO MAKE THE ICING: Blend the sugar, lemon juice and water in a bowl. Add more water if needed to thin icing. Divide the icing in half. Add the blue food coloring to one half and mix until the color is uniform. With a small spatula, spread the blue icing evenly over the cooled cookies. Place the white icing on a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe designs as desired.

Serving size = 1 cookie

Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.

RecID 4647

nutrition information per serving

84 calories; 2g total fat; 12mg cholesterol; 20mg sodium; 15g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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