These Gold Star Cookies are deserving of a gold star – not silver, not blue, red or green – GOLD!
I didn’t have in mind the double entendre when I named these cookies, but I embraced it wholeheartedly when it came to mind.
As a child, I loved to get the simple, gold star stickers teachers handed out to symbolize “shining work”. Those tiny, shiny, gold metallic stickers weren’t much of a prize, but they signified recognition and excellence and were awesome to receive. What could be better than that?
I feel the same way about these Gold Star Cookies.
Several years ago, I searched high and low for the perfect recipe to use for decorated cookies. I found a delicious Butter Cookie recipe from Joy of Baking, and for me, this is the perfect recipe. It has a tender crumb with a slight crunch on the outside and is similar to a cross between a sugar cookie and shortbread. I add a dash of coarse salt and a smidgeon of almond flavoring and I think it is perfect.
My favorite icing is a shiny, simple glaze made with corn syrup, water, powdered sugar and a touch of almond. HERE is my tutorial on icing cookies, and HERE you can find my post on Iced Butter Cookies.
Gold Star Cookies are simple to decorate and only a few extra ingredients are needed: gold coarse or sanding sugar, gold food coloring and white coarse or sanding sugar. If you want to make them fancier you can, but I love the simplicity of these cookies.
In all honestly and transparency, I earned many more blue stickers than gold. Maybe that is why the gold meant so much to me. I was never too disheartened when I didn’t earn gold – maybe it was because my favorite color was (and is) blue.
Gold Star Iced Cookies
This cookie is slightly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.