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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. Marta Benicá
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Hello!!! I loved the stars. Kisses, Marta

  2. Trish - Sweetology101
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    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.

  3. Sweet Tooth Desserts
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Now these are too cute!!!

  4. Jenny
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    You made it through the summer! Gold star (fish) for you, too.

  5. Jill @
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I love these…so cute!!

  6. Christine
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Can you tell me the size of the eyes? Thanks!

  7. The Vanilla Bean Baker
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Bright and cute cookies. Best wishes to your daughter for a lovely rainbow birthday.

  8. Chic Cookies
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you all! Christine, they are about 1/4-inch in diameter.

  9. CraftCrave
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cooking category today [19 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. Krista Heij Barber
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    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!!!!

  11. Mini Baker
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    cute!! and so summery!

  12. Sue
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 7:23 am | Permalink

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

  13. Mandy Crandell
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    These are the cutest! Why does summer have to end?!/MandyCrandell

  14. marla
    Posted August 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    These cookies are darling! Love the eyes :)

  15. RunninGingerly
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    So I wonder if you ship ur product????

  16. Lora
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute. They all have such personality.

  17. manda
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Those are so cute.

  18. salma
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    The little eyes add such personality !!! Now these are so cute…. You also made it through the summer !! gold star(fish) for you ,too…
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  19. Cakes On The Lane
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute!!

  20. playmobil advent calendar
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    These are so cute. I love the stars and the fish. Nice post!

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