Sweet Jewel Cookies

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  • prep 40 min    cook 12 min


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring
  • Silver balls, to decorate

    How to make it  About 50 minutes

  • 1

    Sift the flour, cornstarch, and salt into a medium bowl. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until just blended. Mix in the dry ingredients to form a stiff dough.

  • 2

     Press the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter two cookie sheets.

  • 3

    Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Use 1 1/2-inch heart- and star-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. Gather the dough scraps, re-roll, and continue cutting out cookies until all the dough is used.

  • 4

     Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to the prepared cookie sheets, placing them 1 inch apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until pale gold, rotating the sheets halfway through for even baking. Cool on the sheets until the cookies firm slightly. Transfer to racks to finish cooling.

  • 5

     Pink buttercream frosting: With mixer at high speed, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl until creamy. Mix in the food coloring to make an even pale pink frosting. Fit a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch star tip. Fill the pastry bag, twist the opening tighlty closed, and squeeze out small stars to form a border around each cookie. Decorate with silver balls. Yield: 20-24 cookies.

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