Watch Cooking Channel

Star Sugar Cookies

Star Sugar Cookies

I love sugar cookies, but sometimes they are more about the pretty shapes and decorations then they are about the flavor. This recipe is both festive and delicious. I add lemon juice and zest to give the cookies and icing a bit of a zing. The decorating can be as simple as spreading the icing over the cookie and sprinkling them with icing sugar. If you want a more sophisticated look, you can go all out and have a perfectly smooth finish, which takes a little more time, but the cookies are a show-stopper for a 4th of July party.

Star Sugar Cookies
Makes: 60 small cookies or 30 large
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 8 to 10 minutes
Decorating time: depends on the finish you like
Skill: Easy, but several steps

For cookies:
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest

For royal icing:
3 tablespoons meringue powder (available online here)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
3 ounces lemon juice, strained

For decorating:
Food coloring gel (available online here)
Icing sugar

To make the cookies:

In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on medium speed until well incorporated. Mix in the extracts and zest.

Add the dry ingredients and mix just until it comes together and no flour is visible. Divide the dough into two or three packets and refrigerate the dough until set, about an hour. Can be frozen for up to a month.

To bake the cookies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using enough flour to prevent the dough from sticking, but not too much or the cookies will be tough.

Roll it out to about 1/8-inch thick circle. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.

Set them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between them.

Bake for about 8 minutes, or until just golden on the bottoms.

To make the royal icing:

Combine all the ingredients for the icing in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whip attachment. Blend together on low speed until all the sugar is blended with the lemon juice, then turn it up to medium-high and whip to stiff peaks.

Divide the icing into separate bowls, how many will be determined by the colors you are making. Add the food coloring to create the color you desire. Make sure to cover the bowls with plastic wrap so the icing will not harden.

For simple decorations:

Spread a thin layer of the icing over the cookie.

While the icing is still soft, sprinkle the cookie with the icing sugar. Do this over a paper plate so you don’t make a mess and waste the sugar.

To make a more sophisticated design:

Fill a paper pastry bag with some of the icing and cut a small hole at the tip. Trace the outline of the cookie with the icing.

In a small bowl combine the icing you want to use as the filler with a bit of water, to create an icing that will flow. Start with just a few drops and add more as needed. It should be the consistency of slightly thin honey.

Fill another pastry bag with the thin icing and carefully fill in the center of the cookie, being careful not to put so much that it goes over the outline.

While the filling is still wet, sprinkle it with the icing sugar. Be sure to leave the cookie flat until it sets hard. Once the icing is set, which can take an hour or more, they are safe to stack.

Get the printable recipe here.

More 4th of July Dessert Recipes:

Zoë François, author of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads in Five Minutes a Day, studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She now calls Minneapolis her home, where she has worked with some of the top talent in the culinary world — Steven Brown, Andrew Zimmern and many chefs at the D’Amico company. In addition to writing, Zoë teaches baking classes and consults at restaurants. You can find her writing and recipe creations on Devour, on her baking blog, zoebakes.com and on the site, www.breadin5.com.

Tags:

Comments (2152)

  1. how to get more followers on twitter…

    […]just beneath, are various completely not connected web-sites to ours, on the other hand, they may be certainly worth going over[…]…

  2. dugi guides posted 03/02/2013

    dugi guides…

    […]one of our visitors just lately encouraged the following website[…]…

  3. Carmichael realtor posted 03/02/2013

    Carmichael realtor…

    […]Every once in a whilst we pick blogs that we read. Listed below are the most up-to-date internet sites that we opt for […]…

  4. free cell phone service posted 03/02/2013

    free cell phone service…

    […]we came across a cool internet site that you simply could enjoy. Take a appear in case you want[…]…

  5. Daisy Suites posted 03/03/2013

    Daisy Suites…

    Also a thing to mention is that an online business administration training course is designed for scholars to be able to well proceed to bachelor degree courses. The Ninety credit college degree meets the other bachelor diploma requirements so when you…

  6. present posted 03/03/2013

    present…

    […]usually posts some incredibly interesting stuff like this. If you?re new to this site[…]…

  7. hostgator wordpress hosting posted 03/03/2013

    hostgator wordpress hosting…

    […]the time to study or pay a visit to the content material or web sites we’ve linked to beneath the[…]…

  8. study in singapore posted 03/03/2013

    study in singapore…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nonetheless definitely really worth taking a appear, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms also […]…

  9. Neill Marangi posted 03/04/2013

    Neill Marangi…

    […]Here are some of the web pages we recommend for our visitors[…]…

  10. plantas purificadoras de agua posted 03/04/2013

    plantas purificadoras de agua…

  11. indiatimes shopping discount coupons…

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

  12. dress posted 03/04/2013

    dress…

    I beloved up to you will obtain performed proper here. The caricature is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nevertheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that you want be turning in the following. in poor health indisputably com…

  13. motorhome insurance comparison posted 03/05/2013

    motorhome insurance comparison…

    […]the time to read or check out the material or websites we’ve linked to below the[…]…

  14. Haraj posted 03/05/2013

    Haraj…

    Wow, marvelous blog structure! How long have you been running a blog for? you made blogging look easy. The full look of your website is excellent, let alone the content!…

  15. Google Adwords Management posted 03/05/2013

    Google Adwords Management…

    […]although internet websites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are essentially worth a go by, so have a look[…]…

  16. Public Relations posted 03/05/2013

    Public Relations…

    […]Every once inside a whilst we decide on blogs that we read. Listed beneath are the newest web pages that we decide on […]…

  17. decatur il estate buyers posted 03/05/2013

    decatur il estate buyers…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless genuinely worth taking a look, whoa did 1 learn about Mid East has got a lot more problerms as well […]…

  18. Music Blog posted 03/06/2013

    Music Blog…

    […]below you will uncover the link to some sites that we assume you’ll want to visit[…]…

  19. stress balls posted 03/06/2013

    stress balls…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we really feel they’re basically worth a go through, so have a look[…]…

  20. electrician apprenticeship seattle…

    Of course, what a magnificent blog and revealing posts, I will bookmark your site.All the Best!…

  21. antique dealers springfield il posted 03/06/2013

    antique dealers springfield il…

    […]although web sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they may be essentially worth a go by way of, so have a look[…]…

  22. 2013 music posted 03/06/2013

    2013 music…

    This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!…

  23. Beste Unfallversicherung posted 03/07/2013

    Beste Unfallversicherung…

    […]we like to honor several other world wide web sites around the net, even though they aren?t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages worth checking out[…]…

  24. the best anti aging cream posted 03/07/2013

    the best anti aging cream…

    […]very few websites that transpire to become detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well really worth checking out[…]…

  25. File Recovery posted 03/07/2013

    File Recovery…

    Thanks for your posting. I would like to remark that the first thing you will need to carry out is to see if you really need credit improvement. To do that you will have to get your hands on a replica of your credit score. That should not be difficult,…

  26. nag A Job posted 03/07/2013

    nag A Job…

    […]Here are a few of the sites we advise for our visitors[…]…

  27. kennel gainesville ok posted 03/07/2013

    kennel gainesville ok…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless genuinely really worth taking a look, whoa did a single understand about Mid East has got more problerms as well […]…

  28. Hair Extensions Brighton posted 03/08/2013

    Hair Extensions Brighton…

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. cheers…

  29. Wall Graphics posted 03/08/2013

    Wall Graphics…

    […]The data mentioned in the article are several of the most effective accessible […]…

  30. great business ideas posted 03/08/2013

    great business ideas…

    […]just beneath, are many absolutely not related web pages to ours, even so, they are surely worth going over[…]…

  31. DJs in Essex posted 03/08/2013

    DJs in Essex…

    Thanks for the guidelines you have discussed here. One more thing I would like to mention is that personal computer memory needs generally go up along with other advancements in the technological innovation. For instance, when new generations of proces…

  32. free xbox live gold posted 03/08/2013

    free xbox live gold…

  33. BASKETBALL GAME posted 03/08/2013

    BASKETBALL GAME…

    […]usually posts some really fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]…

  34. fillerbehandling i stockholm posted 03/09/2013

    fillerbehandling i stockholm…

    I’m not sure why but this website is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists….

  35. Frank Kern scam posted 03/09/2013

    Frank Kern scam…

    […]very few sites that take place to be comprehensive below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well really worth checking out[…]…

  36. Haraj Cars posted 03/09/2013

    Haraj Cars…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nonetheless actually really worth taking a search, whoa did 1 understand about Mid East has got extra problerms as well […]…

  37. personal training in dc posted 03/09/2013

    personal training in dc…

  38. website posted 03/09/2013

    website…

  39. Werbung posted 03/09/2013

    Werbung…

    […]Here are a few of the websites we suggest for our visitors[…]…

  40. Posicionamiento Web en Google posted 03/09/2013

    Posicionamiento Web en Google…

    […]although internet sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they are actually worth a go by means of, so possess a look[…]…

  41. Truhlářství a autodoprava Pardubice…

    Truhlářství a autodoprava Pardubice…

  42. Slevový kupón posted 03/10/2013

    Slevový kupón…

    Slevový kupón…

  43. Hot 97.1fm posted 03/10/2013

    Hot 97.1fm…

    […]although web-sites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we feel they may be actually worth a go by way of, so have a look[…]…

  44. gorgeous baby clothes posted 03/10/2013

    gorgeous baby clothes…

    […]Here is a great Blog You may Discover Fascinating that we Encourage You[…]…

  45. personal injury claims posted 03/10/2013

    personal injury claims…

  46. simarc posted 03/11/2013

    simarc…

    […]just beneath, are several totally not associated internet sites to ours, however, they are certainly really worth going over[…]…

  47. RP Generator posted 03/11/2013

    RP Generator…

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

  48. Autoservis, pneuservis – Bystřice u Benešova….

    Autoservis, pneuservis – Bystřice u Benešova….

  49. Is The Work from no Home System a scam…

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

  50. no credit check payday loans online…

    […]below you will find the link to some sites that we consider it is best to visit[…]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c