These delectable frosted cookies are perfect treats for the Christmas season.

Christmas Stars

Christmas Stars
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 36
  • Cookies:
  • 1 Cup solid shortening (not butter)
  • 2/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 2 3/4 Cups flour
  • Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (not Mexican, unless you like tan frosting)
  • food coloring
  1. Cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs, salt and flavorings. Stir in the flour until blended. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Cut with the cookie cutters of your choice (this was always a cause for argument in our family). Bake on ungreased cookie sheets until tan around the edges, about 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. Make the frosting by beating together the sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Divide and color each portion. Frost the cookies.
* Frosted cookie-cutter cookies. Yield: 2-4 dozen.

* These cookies are about the only ones that taste better cooked and cold than as raw dough.

* Cinnamon red hots make good eyes for animals or Santas.

Difficulty: easy to moderate.
Time: 15 minutes preparation, 2 hours chilling, 15 minutes rolling and baking.
Precision: measure the ingredients.

Yield: 3 dozen
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