Firecracker Stars

Enjoy a little heat with your sweets. Add a touch ground red pepper to this shortbread cookie recipe to give it the right spark.


20 minutes


10 minutes


2 to 4 dozen




  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge Butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ¼ cup cinnamon sugar


  • 1

    To make the cookie dough, start by creaming the butter. Then gradually add sugar, flour, and ground red pepper. Beat until light and fluffy.

  • 2

    Divide dough in half, center each portion into its own gallon-sized plastic food storage bag, and roll to ⅛-inch thickness. Chill dough anywhere from 20 minutes to several days.

  • 3

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut dough into stars with a 3-inch star shaped cutter. Sprinkle the stars with cinnamon sugar before baking (1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon blended with ¼ cup sugar.)

  • 4

    Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool.

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