|Hanukkah Star Cookies|
- 1.5 cups of Shortening or butter (I like to use Stork)
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 5 cups of flour in the mixture, plus set aside 1/2 cup for rolling out the dough later
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Cream the butter in a mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs and the vanilla.
- Add the sugar and continue to combine.
- Add the flour one cup at a time.
- Add the salt.
- Add the baking powder and remember, you must measure this one exactly for your cookie dough to rise and to taste great.
- For the final cup of flour, add it in slowly until the cookie dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.
- Place a piece of parchment on your counter and tip the mixture onto the parchment.
- Knead the cookie dough for a few minutes.
- Then wrap it up tightly and store in the fridge for an hour.
- After an hour, take it out and add a generous heap of flour and knead it together until it’s pliable like playdough. If it’s still sticky, keep adding flour until it feels ready to roll.
- Roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
- Bake it for about ten minutes. I prefer them to be undercooked and ‘bendable’ rather than jaw breakers.
- When they are ready, remove them from the baking tray and set aside to cool.
As soon as you remove your cookies from the oven, while they are still soft and malleable, take a straw and pierce a hole in the top of the star.
Now for the decoration!
Firstly, lay some newspaper down on your surface and place a drying rack on top.
In a bowl combine 1/2 cup icing sugar and 75ml of warm water and combine together until you achieve a fluid consistency.
On a small plate, pour on a healthy coat of blue sparkling sugar glitter.
Dip one side of the cookie into the icing sugar mixture.
Transfer your icing covered cookie into the glitter and coat well.
Set aside on the cooling rack to harden.
Pour over any remaining glitter and leave to set.
With a small piece of ribbon, thread through the hole and tie a bow. Hang your cookies around your house as decorations for your family to enjoy.
Or serve on a plate for everyone to enjoy!