Sugar Cookie Stars


These classic sugar cookie cutouts can be sprinkled with sugar before baking, or bake them plain and embellish with icing for a touch of holiday flair.

Sugar Cookie Stars
Serves: 24-36
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Garnish: sprinkles, sparkling sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg and extracts, beating until combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until a dough forms.
  4. Divide dough in half. On a heavily floured surface, roll half of dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using a star-shaped cutter, cut dough, and place on a cast-iron baking pan or griddle. Brush with water, and sprinkle with sprinkles or sparkling sugar, if desired.
  5. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.



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