Recipe 9: Spice Stars

Since Christmas is only 2 weeks away, I want to make as many holiday cookies as possible. This time I chose Spice Stars.

More nonpareils! This would be my first cookie with a cutter. Scary.

I’m so popular! Jordan drove down from Portland JUST to bake with me! Okay, I’m flattering myself. She was already in town.

Step 1: Gather ingredients: butter, dark corn syrup, baking powder, cider vinegar, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, sugar, salt, eggs, flour, nonpareils.

I know what you’re thinking. “Dark corn syrup?! Are you nuts?!” Ask Martha.

Step 2: Melt butter with sugar, corn syrup and vinegar over low heat. 

*For my new readers: I learned a great tip a while ago. Spray the measuring cup with cooking spray and the corn syrup/molasses/honey will come right out.

This was really scary. Thank goodness Jordan knew that you can easily burn sugar. We decided to wait to add it until the butter was melted.

Look at her workin’ it. I was beginning to have second thoughts about eating anything that looked like this.

Then we added the sugar. This is a sugarfall:

Step 3: Transfer to large bowl; let cool. 

Step 4: Sift flour, baking soda, spices, and salt into another bowl.

One of the ingredients I forgot to photograph for step 1 is freshly ground pepper. It hurts my nose.

Step 5: Stir into butter mixture (a.k.a. Death Syrup)

Another damn “mix this by hand and ignore your Kitchenaid” recipe! I became fatigued. Jordan took over.

Step 6: Add eggs.

Look at that smile on her face! She clearly has more arm strength than me. Not phased by the dough. Show off.

Step 7: Chill for 2 hours. Go to TJMaxx, Macy’s, eat lunch. 

Step 8: Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.

Step 9: Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness.

I’m watching the video on the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app. Feeling around to ensure equal thickness.
Um…I thought I read 1/4-inch thickness, not 1/8-inch.

You may notice some of my pictures today are blurry. Jordan took those. She doesn’t know any better because she’s still using an iPhone 3GS and all her pictures just look like that. Get with it, Jord.

Step 10: Cut out stars.

Those look good!

Naturally, since my first set was so perfect, I screwed up the next:

Stuck. Not enough flour.

That board’s a hot mess.

Step 11: Bake until edges are golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes. 

Step 12: Panic because you forgot to add the nonpareils. Pull them out of the oven. 

Step 13: Add nonpareils.

This was ridiculous. They rolled right off. Whatever.

Step 14: Cool on wire racks.

These were really puffy (since I obviously can’t read directions and made them twice as thick). We decided to roll the rest of them thinner.

The recipe yields 5 dozen. After prepping my 6th dozen, I still had all this extra dough! Maybe the recipe doesn’t plan to reuse the dough scraps.

Step 15: Look like a star who just doesn’t care. 

Pretty nice, right?

The first bite tasted bland. All following bites had good spice. I can’t explain it.

[Martha’s recipe isn’t on her site. I’ll post it here later.]

Start time: 12:15
End time: 4:10 (3 hours, 55 minutes)
Martha’s estimated time: 2 hours, 43 minutes

Yields: 60
I got: 72

What did I learn?

  • Read the recipe carefully.
  • I need a larger cutting board for rolling out dough.
  • Make sure there is enough flour on the board.

What do I need to learn?

  • Why is that first bite bland?
  • Why did I end up with so much extra dough?

Baby, it’s cold outside. Look out the window at that storm. Sit down and eat 72 cookies. kthxbye.


6 responses to “Recipe 9: Spice Stars

  1. I am sad some of the pics are blurry. Didn’t look like it when I was taking them. 😦

  2. I like the matching hoodies!!

  3. Kris

    These taste like Christmas!

  4. Jennilicious

    The spice is good, I luv the pepper! I vote for more cutter shaped cookies 🙂 Ru sure u used the right size cutter Martha used? that might be the diff in the count????

  5. Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge

    Okay, didn’t know about the “spray the bowl first” tip… I just learned something. You’re good.
    These turned out really pretty.

    I love xmas time – so fun to bake then. Miss it already.


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