Shooting Star Cookies

Square almond cookies make the perfect canvas for showing your artistic skills. Gold luster dust and vodka add a shimmer to these shooting star cookies.

Shooting Stars
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Yield:
100 3-inch cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • ½ cup ground blanched almonds

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Royal Icing

  • gold luster dust

  • vodka*

Royal Icing

  • 1 16 ounce package powdered sugar (4-1/4 cups)

  • 3 tablespoon meringue powder

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ cup warm water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, milk, vanilla, and almond extract until combined. Beat in the ground almonds and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough about 2 hours or until easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3- to 3-1/2-inch scalloped square cookie cutter and a 1-inch star-shape cookie cutter, cut dough into an equal number of squares and stars. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  3. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light brown, baking the stars and squares in separate batches so the different sizes bake evenly. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

To decorate:

  1. Combine gold luster dust with enough vodka to make a paintlike consistency. Using a new small artist's paint-brush, brush luster dust mixture on star cookies; set aside. Outline and flood each square cookie with glaze-consistency white Royal Icing and top with a star cookie; let dry. Using a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip, pipe rays shooting from stars onto cookies using frosting-consistency white Royal Icing; let dry. Brush dried frosting rays with additional luster dust mixture. Use a clean dry artist's paintbrush to brush white areas of cookies with some dry gold luster dust.

Royal Icing

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined; beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing is very stiff. If not using right away, cover bowl with a damp paper towel and cover paper towel with plastic wrap; chill for up to 48 hours.

Luster dust is combined with vodka because luster dust is not water-soluble. The alcohol evaporates quickly.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

**Tip:

Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

86 Calories
4g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 86
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 13mg 0%
Folate, total 8.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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