Christmas Stars


A festive sandwich style cookie. Excellent for Christmas or New years' celebrations.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
2 dozen


  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons strawberry jam

  • ¼ cup green decorator sugar (Optional)


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate dough for three hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.

  3. On a floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut dough into star shapes using a 3- to 4-inch star cookie cutter. Using a 1- to 2-inch star cookie cutter, cut a star into the center of half of the big stars. Place the full stars on one cookie sheet and the "tops"--the cookies with the center cutouts--on another. Sprinkle colored sugar on the star tops, if desired.

  4. Bake in preheated oven until edges are golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely. (You can re-roll the mini stars cut out of the centers, or bake them separately for about 5 minutes.) Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

  5. After cookies cool completely, spread 1 teaspoon of preserves in the center of each full star cookie. Place a cut-out cookie on top of the layer of preserves. Pack cookies between waxed paper in a covered tin to preserve freshness.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
6g Fat
24g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 2g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 22mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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