Bethlehem Star Cookies

This post is part of my contributions for The Virtual Cookie Swap at Farmer’s Daughter!
These are cookies that my family has made every single Christmas that I can remember.  In fact, I just don’t think it would be Christmas without them.  The recipe comes from a worn index card written out in my Mother’s father’s handwriting and is simply titled “star cookies”.  Love the cookie, hate the name.  So I renamed them, with the help of my youngest brother “Bethlehem Star Cookies”.  These cookies happen to be my father’s favorite of all the cookies we baked, so I always make a batch just for him… if I don’t eat them first!
Cookie Dough:
  • 1 1/3 c. Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 egg

 

Cream the butter and sugar.  (Then taste and make sure it’s amazing.)  Mix the remainder of the ingredients together.  Roll the dough out onto a floured surface and cut into star shapes.  Fill with nut filling.
Nut Filling:
  • 1 1/4 crushed walnuts
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Stir together and use to fill the above cookies.  Pinch the sides of the cookie up so that they look like little crowns and bake for 7-10 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  Cool and store (or eat).

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