bye to summer: super easy starfish cookies

My little girl is starting school Monday, sniffle. I wanted to squeeze in one more treat for Summer, despite the craziness of our weekend (she turns four on Saturday and we’re throwing a family-only rainbow party, and I promise more on that later). Given said craziness, these starfish cookies are super duper easy to decorate.

Whenever I need a quick decorating tool, I turn to sprinkles. Coating a cookie in sprinkles means you can be a little lazy with the frosting. No need to flood, just pipe back and forth, since the sprinkles will cover anything anyway. And I bought these candy eyes at the craft store, speeding things up even more.

Did I mention how crazy things are right now? Oh right, I did. So you may not hear from me ’til next week, when I’ll fill you in on some rainbow party details… Happy Summer!

how to make starfish cookies

you will need:*
cookie dough
royal icing

star cookie cutter(s)
yellow food coloring
yellow sprinkles
disposable decorating bag
size “4” and size “2” decorating tips

candy eyes

*I used sizes two and three-inch star cutters, but you can use any size you prefer. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor soft gel paste (Egg Yellow). Find the sprinkles, decorating bag, coupler, tip and candy eyes in the craft store. You should also find a set of star cutters there. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

step one: bake your cookies
Prepare dough according to recipe, chill, roll out, cut out stars and place on a parchment paper-lined baking tray according to the recipe. Use your fingers to bend the points of the stars a bit every which way (doesn’t have to be exactly as shown). Bake and let cool.

step two: prepare your icing
Prepare icing according to the recipe. Tint some yellow. Prepare the decorating bag with coupler and size “4” tip, fill with the icing and close tightly with a rubber band.

step three: decorate your cookies
Pour the sprinkles in a shallow bowl. Work with one cookie at a time. Pipe an outline on the cookie, then pipe back and forth in a zig zag motion to completely fill the cookie with yellow icing. Immediately hold the cookie at the edges, turn over and dip the entire iced area of the cookie in the sprinkles, turn back over and place on the baking tray.

step four: add the eyes
Switch the tip on the decorating bag to size “2.” For each eye, pipe a dot on the back of the candy eye and adhere to the starfish. (This is necessary so the eyes adhere to the sprinkles.) Let the cookies dry overnight.

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  1. Trish - Sweetology101 says

    Oh man these are cute – the little eyes add such personality. I might feel bad eating one, then again not so much. As always great tutorial.

  2. Krista Heij Barber says

    These are just too cute!!! Funny I just saw those eyes the other day.
    Please do fill us in on the rainbow party. My daughter is turning 5 and having one in October! I never heard of this before but she came up with it on her own and I jumped on it- no more princesses! A quick google showed some awesome ideas. Are you making the cake?
    Good luck. Have fun. They sure grow up FAST!!!!

  3. Sue says

    So cute! I still have some summer treats up my sleeve, but it's fading fast! Can't wait for the rainbow party:)

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