You can't go past a classic shortbread cookie. These star cookies are shortbread with a twist and are perfect for a classy baby shower.


250 grams butter, softened

¾ cup icing sugar

¼ cup sugar

1 cup cornflour

1 cup flour


white fondant icing

gold lustre dust

vanilla essence


Preheat oven to 150°C.

Beat butter and both sugars until pale and fluffy. Sift cornflour and flour. Mix with the butter mixture until well combined; this will be a crumbly mixture.

Form the mixture into a ball, then roll out to ½ cm thick between two sheets of baking paper. Use cookie cutters to cut out stars and place on oven trays lined with baking paper.

Bake for 15-30 minutes until lightly golden. (Cooking time will depend on the size of the cookies.) Remove to a rack to cool before decorating.

To decorate: Use a star cutter to cut stars from the fondant. Brush gold lustre dust over some of the stars and leave some white. Brush a little water on the back of the fondant to attach the stars to the cookies. Use royal icing or mix icing sugar and water until thick enough to pipe on words like ‘twinkle’, ‘little star’, ‘wonder’ and ‘up above’.
To create gold writing, make a thin paste from lustre dust and vanilla essence and brush over words with a small paint brush.

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