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Hanukkah Lemon Star Cookies Recipe


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsps lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup Tofutti sour cream
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 Tbsp margarine
  • 3/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring optional
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp almond milk
  • Yellow colored sugar optional


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Stir in sour cream and peel.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough into three balls; cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a floured star cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, margarine, extract, food coloring if desired and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency.
  • Frost cookies; sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.