Star cookies recipe

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Star cookies are beautiful as a gift for friends and family, or hung from the tree to add an extra touch of sparkle!

Glitzy Christmas cookies
Preparation Time40 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time50 mins plus chilling and drying
Cost RangeCheap

Pretty iced biscuits that are great for all kinds of celebrations.

Star cookies are really simple to make. It's a basic buttery biscuit recipe, elevated with just a little touch of cinnamon spice, which makes them feel wonderfully festive. If you prefer, you can swap the cinnamon for mixed spice or nutmeg. Alternatively orange or lemon zest to give the biscuits a lighter, fruitier feel. Top with this simple icing and they look so attractive. You can make holes in them to string them up as decoration, or arrange them on plates. They also make great gifts, layered in boxes with a piece of greaseproof paper in between.


  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 225g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 300g royal icing sugar
  • Coloured sugars, silver balls, edible silver food spray, to decorate




  1. Using an electric hand whisk, beat the butter and sugar until pale. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk again. Sift in the cinnamon, flour and baking powder, and mix in with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. Chill for 30 mins.
  2. Heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out whatever shapes you like using a cookie cutters, re-rolling any off-cuts. Put on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 10 mins until pale golden. Cool for 2 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Mix icing sugar with enough boiling water to form a thick, but easily spreadable paste. Put into a piping bag fited with a small circular nozzle and pipe outlines or designs onto biscuits, then scatter over any other decorations. For an easier option, make up the icing as before, adding extra water so you have a brushable paste. Brush over the biscuits, then sprinkle with decorations of your choice. Leave to dry out for at least 2 hrs, before storing in an airtight container.

Top tip for making these star cookies...

To hang on the tree, make a small hole near to the top of each cookie with a drinking straw before baking.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.