It was my dear friend Julie’s 25th birthday party and she was throwing a night sky and star dust party.
I really loved the topic, so I went a little crazy over the theme!
I painted a jeggings and a notebook with a universe pattern.
The jeggings for me, to dress up for the party. The notebook as a part of my gift for Julie. And as I was painting the notebook and pants, I thought a self made ‘universe card’ would be cool! Aaaaand I painted a universe pattern onto my nails…
I know… a little crazy… But for it is always all or nothing!
And as always I wanted to bring something homemade! Of course cookies would be easiest to bring. So it took me a while to decide how I could make ‘universe cookies’.
First thing that comes into mind are sugar cookies with royal icing.
Hmm … I am not really good with royal icing. That might be because of the whole ‘stop before you ruin it’ thing. I never stop. I always think I can do it better, so it takes me aaaages to finish one cookie.
You see royal icing is not an option for me 🙂
My second idea was inspired by German Christmas cookies that are called ‘Schwarz-Weiß-Gebäck’. I bet you know them. Some of them look like rolls, some are checkerboards, some have a little heart in the middle.
But how would I make a star? Hearts are pretty easy as they are made out of a square and two half circles. But a star?
Uuuuh a couple of months ago I made a loaf cake with a heart hidden inside, for my boyfriends birthday. And for that one I had to cut hearts out of the baked red cake.
Easy-peasy with cookie dough!
So here comes my step-by-step guide!
The dough is really easy to make! Start by beating the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until is starts to turn light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients, at that point I start to mix a little with a spatula as my Kitchen Aid throws flour everywhere when it comes to mixing butter and eggs with a lot of flour. Super annoying. If you don’t have that problem simply add it gradually.
Divide the dough in thirds. One third will stay plain ‘white’, the other two thirds can be coloured in every color you want, but I did the coloring part later. Will tell you below! 🙂
Next steps are super easy as well. Start by rolling the plain dough and cut whatever shape you like. Make equally high stacks of cutted cookies like in the first picture above. I wanted to make it fail safe and put the finished ‘star stags’ into the fridge for 15 something minuted to make them nice and firm.
Getting back to the remaining two thirds 😉 While the stars are firming up in the fridge, I coloured the remaining two thirds with gel colour. As I wanted a very dark blue (remember? Night sky?) it took quite a lot of colour.
Next divide the blue (or whatever) coloured dough into the number of stacks you have. I had 5 star stacks, so I divided my blue dough into 5 equally sized parts.
After that I divided each dough part into six parts, for the six gaps of each star stacks. Then I simply formed a small roll out of one sixth and gently pressed it in the first gap of the star. Continue in the same way with every gap. Then gently roll the ‘big’ roll to close the gaps between the six dough rolls.
If you like sprinkles you can roll each cookie roll in sprinkles and then refrigerate all the rolls for at least 1 hour or until they feel firm.
Ready for the last step? Cool! Simply slice the rolls carefully into 0,5cm thick slices, put them on baking paper covered cookie sheets and bake! 🙂
I hope you enjoy the ‘wow-effect’ of slicing and seeing that it worked out (!!!) as much as I did.