The Little Mermaid is one of our favorite movies and we are SO excited to hear talk of a Disney live-action remake in the works! These colorful Starfish Cookies are perfect to enjoy for a movie night or for a summer kids party!
This recipe is for a classic sugar cookie dough, but you are welcome to substitute your favorite type of cookie.
Starfish Cookie Ingredients
Sugar cookie dough ingredients:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup soft unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup powder sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- sky blue, purple, green and pink gel colors
- 5 piping bags with a number 2 tip
- 4 squeeze bottles
- 2 large mixing bowls
- 5 small bowls
- stand mixer or hand mixer
- cookie sheet
- reusable non-stick silicon baking mat
- wire cooling rack
- starfish cookie cutter
(makes 2 1/2 dozen)
To make the sugar cookie dough:
Cream softened butter and sugar together in stand mixer (or in a large mixing bowl with hand mixer) until the combination is smooth (not grainy) to the touch.
Add egg and continue to mix. Add vanilla.
In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add these dry ingredients to wet ingredients and continue mixing until thoroughly blended.
Form the dough into a large ball and cover completely with plastic wrap.
Keep in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight if you have time). Check to see if the dough is firm.
To make the cookies:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. While oven hears, remove cookie dough from refrigerator and allow to soften at room temperature.
Flour a cutting board, then roll the dough out on the cutting board. Use cookie cutter to cut your cookies (add more flour if needed to prevent dough sticking).
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick silicon baking mat (we use these for almost every baking project)!
Transfer cut cookies to the lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 325°F for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. (About 10 minutes).
To Make the Icing:
Combine all icing ingredients except the gel colors into a standing mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
Divide the icing evenly into 5 small bowls. Add a few drops of gel color into each of the bowls, except for one which will remain white. Stir gel color into each bowl of icing, adding more color drop-by-drop until you’ve reached your desired shade.
Scoop a couple spoonfuls of the icing into the piping bags. One color per bag. Put all of the white frosting in a piping bag.
Add 2 teaspoons water to each the bowls of remaining colored icing and stir to thin it out. Pour this thinner icing into squeeze bottles. (This step is not necessary for the white frosting).
Choose one color of icing and use the thick icing in bag to draw an outline around one of the starfish cookies. Fill in the outline with the thinner icing (in squeeze bottle) of the same color.
Repeat will all colored icings until all cookies are frosted. Allow to dry for 1 hour.
Using the white icing, add a big dot in the center and small dots going down each ‘arm.’
Using the pink icing in the piping bag, cover the face of the star with little pink dots.
Allow cookies to dry for 3 hours before enjoying.