Christmas Stars

You can flavor these no-cook candies with just about any extract. Try peppermint extract for the green stars and cherry extract for the red stars. Almond, coconut, lemon, and orange would all be tasty choices.

Christmas Stars
Yield: 8 dozen stars Prep 30 mins Chill 45 mins Stand 24 hrs to 36 hrs

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 10 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract OR: 3 to 4 drops peppermint oil
  • Green food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract OR: 3 to 4 drops cherry flavoring
  • Red food coloring

Make It

1. Beat half of cream cheese and 1 tablespoon milk in bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in 5 cups sugar, peppermint extract and desired amount of green food coloring (if mixture gets too hard to beat with mixer, stir with wooden spoon).

2. Turn mixture out onto surface lightly dusted with confectioners sugar. If necessary, knead by hand until color is well blended.

3. Lay 16-inch sheet parchment or waxed paper on large baking sheet; place dough in center. Flatten dough; cover with second sheet of paper; roll to 3/8-inch thickness. Refrigerate 45 to 60 minutes, until firm enough to cut.

4. Line another large baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Remove top sheet from rolled-out dough. Using 2-inch star cutter, cut out stars; place on other lined baking sheet. Gather scraps; roll; cut out. Let stars stand at room temperature 24 to 36 hours, until dry; using thin metal spatula, turn stars over every 12 hours.

5. Make a red dough as above, using remaining cream cheese, milk, cherry extract and red food coloring. Roll and cut out stars as above.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 49, Fat, total (g): 1, chol. (mg): 3, sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 10, fiber (g): , pro. (g): , sodium (mg): 7, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.