Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Frugal Fun: A Cookie Star!

As you may know, I've been serving up The Gift of Thrift this holiday season by offering baked goods on thrift-store dishes that I've purchased for pennies on the dollar. What's more, my recipes come from vintage recipe books -- like this McCall's Cookie Collection that I found lying on the sidewalk in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Several of you have asked for those recipes, so here is my favorite for Cinnamon Stars at it appears in a chapter titled "Cookier Cookies for Goodier Giving."

Note, however, that even though this recipe is super-easy to achieve, it takes two days to complete since the dough has to refrigerate overnight.
2 egg whites
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup unblanched almonds, ground
All-purpose flour
Granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons water

1. In small bowl of electric mixer, let egg whites warm to room temperature -- about 1 hour.
2. With electric mixer at medium speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form when beater is raised.
3. Add 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar to egg mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition. Continue to beat until mixture is very thick and glossy -- about 10 minutes.
4. In medium bowl, combine almonds with cinnamon. Stir in egg-white mixture; mix to combine well.
5. Refrigerate dough, covered, overnight.
6. Lightly sprinkle wooden board or pastry cloth with flour and granulated sugar. Roll out dough 1/2 at a time, 1/4 inch thick. (I worked with only 1/4 of the dough at a time because of my limited counter space.)
7. Use 3-inch cookie cutter to cut out stars. Place 1 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
8. Let cookies stand, uncovered, at room temperature, 2 hours.
9. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300F. In small bowl, combine confectioners sugar with 2 tablespoons water; mix until glaze is smooth.
10. Bake cookies 20 minutes. Brush tops with glaze and then cook 5 minutes longer. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
Makes 2 1/2 Dozen

And here's what you should end up with! I'd never made these before, but they were a complete success on the first try and are among my new favorites.

What are your favorite holiday treats?

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Stan thanks so much for paying attention to our previous comments and sharing this recipe. Can't wait to give them a try. Have a wonderful Christmas and wonderful New Year!

  2. Great work !!! must say this is one of the best blog which i have came across today. I am sure many must have liked it. This will sure help me making my cookies much better. Today I also came across some rare Christmas Charms made from single grain of rice. Hope u all like it.



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