Red, White, and Blue Star Bursts

Mix and match colorful shortbread stars to make these eye-catching and patriotic cookies. Split your base cookie dough into three portions and add red or blue food color to two of the portions. Roll dough and cut out 3-inch stars, then cut and remove 1-inch stars from the center of each large star. Recombine large stars with a center star of a different color.


30 minutes


10 minutes


2-4 dozen




  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge Butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • red and blue food coloring


  • 1
    To make the cookie dough, start by creaming the butter. Then gradually add sugar and flour. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • 2
    Divide the dough into three equal portions. Add red food color to one portion and blue to another. Keep one portion uncolored.
  • 3
    Center each portion of dough into its own gallon-sized plastic food storage bag and roll to ⅛-inch thickness. Chill dough anywhere from 20 minutes to several days.
  • 4
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut dough into stars with a 3-inch star shaped cutter. Then use a 1-inch star to remove the centers from your stars. Add colored centers to plain stars and plain centers to colored stars. 
  • 5
    Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool.