This lovely little cookie first appeared on my blog back in July when I needed a fun treat for Independence Day, but I thought it would be fun to refurbish the idea with Christmas in mind.
The process really is simple. I took step-by-step photos the first time around, and you can view them on the original blog post.
Cut out the cookies using the larger star-shaped cookie cutter, and then cut a smaller star in the center of each cookie using the small cookie cutter. Using the straw, poke a hole in the top of each cookie.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat (aka the most remarkable invention ever.) Put them in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. This helps them retain their shape during baking.
Meanwhile, unwrap red and green Jolly Ranchers and separate into small Ziploc bags according to color. Use a kitchen mallet to break the Jolly Ranchers into small pieces.
Remove the cookies from the freezer and place bits of Jolly Ranchers inside the star-shaped holes in the center of each cookie. It’s ok if there are spaces — the candy will melt and completely fill the hole.
Bake according to your cookie recipe (mine was 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees). Let cool completely and decorate as desired. I piped some royal icing in an outline on the cookies and sprinkled with sanding sugar. A few bits of sanding sugar fell onto the candy center and stuck there. I kind of liked the effect so I dumped even more onto it.
Let the icing dry and string the ribbon through the hole at the top.
Don’t they look pretty hanging there will all the other ornaments?
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