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Season's Eatings

Red Star Shortbreads

For batter:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla

For glaze:
1 Tbs water
½ cup sifted confectioners' sugar
One 7½ oz jar red crystal sugar

These sparkling gems will also make beautiful ornaments. Poke a hole near the top before baking.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, have child mix flour, cornstarch, and salt with spatula or whisk.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy and light, about 3 minutes on medium speed. Mix in the vanilla. Child stirs the flour mixture into the butter mixture with a wooden spoon until just combined.
3. On floured board, help your kid roll the dough to ¼-inch thickness with a floured rolling pin. Youngster cuts dough with star-shaped cutters and places the cookies on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Let stand on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.
5. To make the glaze, child stirs the water into the confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. To decorate the cookies, kid dips just their edges first in the glaze, then in the red sugar, or he paints the starry goodies with a small paintbrush coated with glaze and dips them in the sugar.

Yield: Makes about 48 two-inch cookies.