Surprise Sugar Stars

I didn’t take any pictures of this, my new favorite cookie in all the world. I found the recipe in one of those checkout-stand holiday recipe books. These cookies are soooooo good. I wish I had pics of them, but make them anyway. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Surprise Sugar Stars

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour (I made the first batch with 4 cups and the dough was too sticky to roll out with a rolling pin. Second batch I used about 4 1/2 cups and the dough was much easier to work with. I didn’t notice a difference in quality at all.)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup buttermilk

2 c. confectioner’s sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until easy to handle. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-in. star cookie cutter.

Place half the stars on ungreased cookie sheets (I used parchment paper). Spoon 1 tsp. cherry pie filling into center of stars. Top with another star. Pinch edges to seal; cut a small slit in top of each cookie.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

For icing, combine confectioner’s sugar, milk, and extract. Whisk until smooth and spread over cookies.

Yield–4 dozen.


One thought on “Surprise Sugar Stars

  1. oh I’LL THANK you NOW! I was just in the middle of composing an email basically BEGGING you for the recipe. (i’ve been trying really hard ever since i tried them to be patient, but my need for them is overcoming that) anyway — the thought occurred that i should check your blog and my prayers were answered! thank you thank you thank you!

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