Gold Star Cookies

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  • Make the grade with these classic iced sugar cookies, perfect for satisfying any kid's sweet tooth. These classic iced sugar cookies are sure to make the grade. Everyone gets a gold star today!

Every party guest gets a gold star with these shaped cookies,
which can be personalized however you'd like.

Ingredients for Cookies

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened for 20 minutes at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, cold
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon extract (optional)

Directions for Cookies

  • In a large bowl measure the cereal.

  • In a large bowl, sift together flour and salt. Set aside.

  • In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy and pale (about 5 minutes). Beat in eggs.

  • Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla and lemon extract; blend.

  • Remove half of dough from bowl. Place on a lined cookie sheet or board lined with parchment paper.

  • Roll out until you have a thin layer of dough about 1/4-inch thick. Use a little extra flour on top of the dough to keep it from sticking to the roller. Repeat this step with the remaining dough.

  • Remove one cookie sheet with chilled dough. Using the cookie cutter of your choice, cut out shapes of dough and put them on a new cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once you've filled the cookie sheet with cookie cutouts, place back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking.

  • Repeat above steps for additional chilled dough until you've cut out all of your cookies.

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

  • Let cookies cool before decorating.

  • Keeping your dough chilled is the KEY to making perfectly shaped sugar cookies. Don't skip this step!

Ingredients for Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
  • Yellow food coloring

Directions for Icing

  • Stir confectioner's sugar and milk until smooth.

  • Beat in corn syrup and extract until smooth and glossy. If it's too thick, add a little extra corn syrup.

  • Slowly add food coloring until you reach the desired shade.

  • Dip the tops of cooled cookies in the glaze, allowing excess glaze to drip off before placing them on a drying rack.

  • Use decorating pens in desired colors (available at most craft stores) to write names or fun phrases on each cookie.

  • Allow cookies to dry completely before serving.