Star and Moon Shaker Cookies
Serves: 12 stars with some to spare
 
Ingredients
  • 113g softened unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of fine salt
Decorations and Assembly
  • ⅔ cup White compound chocolate
  • 90g-100g clear sugar or isolmalt lollies
  • sprinkles
Other
  • 8cm star cookie cutter
  • 5cm star cookie cutter (mine measured 5.5cm)
  • 10cm circle cutter
  • 6cm circle cutter
Instructions
  1. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or electric hand mixer and beat until light.
  2. Add in your egg and vanilla and beat till combined.
  3. Combine your flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  4. Turn your mixer off and add your flour mixture.
  5. Beat slowly at first to incorporate the flour, then higher until it forms a dough.
  6. Form your dough into a bowl and place into cling wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
  7. While the dough is chilling, crush each colour of your lollies separately. You can do this with a ninja blender or you can place the lollies in a ziplock bag and give it a good whack with a rolling pin.
  8. Roll out your dough to 7mm (approx. ¼ inch) thickness.
  9. First cut out the large cookie star. Place on the baking tray and cut the inner star with the smaller cutter. Cut the inside of the dough using a smaller cookie cutter.
  10. For the moons, you can cut out a circle using a large circle cookie cutter. Then a smaller cookie cutter on the edge of the circle to create the moon shape. Cut the inner of the moon with a small moon cutter. If you don't have a cutter you could use a knife instead to cut the inner moon.
  11. Pre-heat oven to 160c.
  12. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  13. When the oven is heated, place the cookies in.
  14. Bake for 7 minutes.
  15. Remove from the oven and place the 1½ teaspoons of the crushed lollies into each gap.
  16. Bake for a further 5 minutes (or until sugar has melted and filled the gaps).
  17. Remove cookies and set aside to cool.
Assembly
  1. Place a teaspoon of sprinkles into the gap of the cookie.
  2. Melt white chocolate (you can do this by heating it in the microwave for 20 second increments until it is melted), spoon or pipe some white chocolate onto the edges and stick 2 cookies together. Make sure there are no gaps and all edges are sealed together.
  3. Then give them to the kids and let them shake the cookie in fascination. Remember to have a bowl nearby to catch the sprinkles that might fall after a bite ;)
Recipe by Modest Munchies at http://modestmunchies.com/star-and-moon-shaker-cookies/