Vanilla star cookies are a great cookie to bake as treats but to also take as a ‘thank you’ for a friend.  My kids love taking them to friends houses just to say a little thanks for having me.


Inspired by the Donna Hay version in the Celebrate Issue 60, this recipe has fast become a family favourite.



  • 125 g butter
  • 1/2 cup  caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa (Dutch if you have it) sifted



  • Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale creamy.
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat for a further 2-3 mins until well combined.
  • Add the flour and beat until a soft dough forms.
  • Remove 2/3 of mixture and beat remainder with cocoa powder.
  • Roll out dough onto baking paper (between 2 sheets ) to about 3mm thick.
  • Refrigerate this for 30 mins.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 C whilst waiting.
  • Cut out the shapes and place them on baking trays to bake for 12- 13 minutes.
  • Allow to cool on wire racks.

These can be kept in an air tight container for up to one week.

Enjoy with a cuppa.  So easy even the kids can make them.