clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Sugar and Spice Star Cookies

  • Author: Mama's Christmas Cookbook
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x


Simple, spicy and delicious.  These cookies are a fun break from a traditional sugar cookie.


Units Scale


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup butter, softened


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice


  1. Grind pecans in food processor until fine, then combine with all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs and combine. Mix dry ingredients in, cover and chill for 2 hours.
  2. When fully chilled, roll dough out in batches until 3/8" thick and cut into stars with a floured cookie cutter. Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes. Cool on a rack until entire cooled.
  3. Mix powdered sugar, orange peel, and orange juice together. Ice the cookies and let dry for an hour.


  • When baking, these cookies won't look done at all. Take them out of the oven anyways.
  • I usually just glop on the icing and let it run off the edges, but this time I had some leftover royal icing so I made edges before flooding it. Either way works.