Need a little encouragement to trudge back to school and hit the books? These bite-size gold stars are a sweet enticement to finish your homework. They are easy to make, easy to package, and easy to hide until the reward is earned.
What you need:
- Sugar cookie mix*
- 1-inch star cookie cutter**
- 1 to 2 pouches of Betty Crocker White Decorating Cookie Icing
- Cake Mate Glitter Gold Cupcake Gems
- pint-size mason jars
*For the mix, I used Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie cookie mix. The recipe for cut-out cookies requires one egg and one tablespoon of flour.
**Find the cookie cutter at the craft store or a specialty store, likely as part of a set of cutters.
Step one: Make your cookies
Prepare the recipe for cut-out cookies according to the package directions. Cover the dough and chill for one to two hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking trays with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough ¼-inch thick, cut out stars, and place on the baking tray one-inch apart. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until the edges are golden. Let cool completely. Yield: About 140 mini stars.
TIP: Use only half of the dough to make fewer stars, and save the other half of the dough for large stars or freeze for later use.
Step two: Decorate your cookies
Snip the tip off of a pouch of Cookie Icing. Pipe stars on the cookies. You should be able to merely pipe a star outline and the icing will flood to fill the spaces, but if needed, use a toothpick to encourage the icing. Working with five to ten stars at a time so the icing doesn’t have time to set before adding the sprinkles. Hold a star over a plate or bowl and sprinkle generously with the cupcake gems. Repeat for all of the stars and let the cookies dry well, preferably overnight.
Step three: Fill your mason jars.
Stack in mason jars and attach labels, if desired (see below)
Each mason jar holds 20 to 25 mini star cookies.
To add the labels…
you will need:
- Color printer
- letter-size white cardstock or heavy-weight paper
- scissors or paper cutter
- hole punch
- rubber bands
what to do:
Click the link for the free printable. Print on letter-size paper. Use the light gray lines as a guide to cut out the rectangles. Punch three holes in the side to mimic a school paper. Attach to the mason jars with rubber bands.
Submitted by Meaghan Mountford at The Decorated Cookie