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Glazed Sugar Cookie Star Garland

These sweet cookies will shine brightly wherever they are hung.

Serves 25
Ready in 45 mins
Prep time 30 mins
Cooking time 15 mins
189 calories per serving


> 2 1/2 cups flour
> 1 1/4 cups sugar
> 1 tsp vanilla extract
> 1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks) cut into cubes
> 1 egg yolk
> 2 cups confectioners' sugar
> Festive string Ribbon


Sift flour into a bowl and stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Place butter in bowl. Knead the butter and flour mixture with your fingertips to form pea-sized pieces. Add the yolk and quickly knead the mixture into a cohesive dough using wet hands. Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 30 min, to set. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F.
When dough is ready, dust the work surface and rolling pin with flour, then roll out the dough into a ¼-inch thick layer, working quickly so the dough does not get too soft. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out 25 stars. If dough gets too soft, place in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes.
Set cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart, and use a straw or the blunt end of a skewer to cut a hole in the top of each star (for hanging). Bake for about 15 min. or until golden brown. Remove cookies from oven, and double-check to make sure the holes haven’t closed. If they have, redefine them before the cookies cool.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. When cooled, store in an airtight container until you are ready to decorate.
When ready to decorate cookies, mix confectioners sugar with 5 tbsp water to create a glaze. Brush the tops of the cookies with the glaze and let it harden, then thread a piece of ribbon through the hole in each cookie to create a garland for hanging on a tree or mantel.


Want some added variety? Throw in a snowflake cookie cutter during Step 2. You can also add small candies or sprinkles to your cookies; do this during Step 5, while the glaze is still wet.

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