Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas/Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipe 3

Another cookie for my exchange :-) This one isn't chocolate or caramel or nutty but it does have one of my other favorite flavors - lemon. I made this last year and adored it! (I went very light on the icing since I'm not a big icing fan and it was still very good!) Oh, the recipe came from the Taste of Home website.

Lemon Star Cookies

  • 108 Servings
  • Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Yellow colored sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Stir in sour cream and peel. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough into three balls; cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Remove one portion of dough from the refrigerator at a time. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. star cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, extract, food coloring if desired and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cookies; sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Yield: 9 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 43 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 23 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

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