Maple Stars

Maple Stars
Maple Stars might be just the hor d'oeuvre you are searching for. One serving contains 119 calories, 1g of protein, and 3g of fat. This recipe serves 72. Head to the store and pick up salt, baking powder, butter, and It is a good option if you're following a vegetarian diet. This recipe is typical of Southern cuisine. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 45 minutes.

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Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and maple extract. Beat in flour mixture until just blended. Divide dough in half. Flatten each half into disk; wrap disks separately in plastic and chill until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour.
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Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
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Roll out 1 dough disk on lightly floured work surface to 11-inch round, about 1/3 inch thick. Using 2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter dipped into flour, cut out cookies from dough.
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Place cookies on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Reroll dough scraps on lightly floured surface and cut out additional cookies. Repeat with remaining dough disk.
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Bake cookies until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to racks and cool completely.
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Stir powdered sugar and milk in medium bowl until smooth (icing will be thick). Using small offset spatula or butter knife, spread icing over top of 1 cookie, then sprinkle top with sugar crystals. Repeat with remaining cookies, icing, and sugar crystals.
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Let cookies stand at room temperature until icing is dry and firm, at least 1 hour. (Can be made ahead. Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.)
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*Bright white sparkling sugar crystals are available at some supermarkets, cake and candy supply stores, and online at lacuisineus.com.
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Recommended wine: Riesling, Sparkling Wine, Zinfandel

Riesling, Sparkling Wine, and Zinfandel are my top picks for Southern. In general, there are a few rules that will help you pair wine with southern food. Food-friendly riesling or sparkling white wine will work with many fried foods, while zinfandel is great with barbecued fare. One wine you could try is J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling. It has 4.4 out of 5 stars and a bottle costs about 22 dollars.
J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling
J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling
Despite its still youthful freshness it shows the fine fruity Riesling characteristic and an underlying hint of mineral from the blue/grey Devonian slate soil.Serve this refreshing wine slightly chilled! As aperitif and, especially when more matured, in combination with seafood or poultry.