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Snowflake Cookies
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
12 mins
Setting Time
12 hrs
Total Time
14 hrs 12 mins

Snowflake cookies decorated with blue and white icing make a sweet holiday display. These simple cut out cookies are decorated with royal icing and will wow at your cookie exchange!

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snowflake cookies
Servings: 30 Servings
Calories: 195 kcal
Sugar Cookies
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Royal Icing
Sugar Cookies
  1. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together, set aside.

  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix to combine.
  3. Add the flour in two batches, and blend until mixture just holds together.
  4. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
  5. Roll out between two sheets of wax paper and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Place shapes on baking trays lined with parchment paper and put in freezer for about 10 minutes before baking.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees until cookies are just golden, about 8-12 minutes, depending on the shape/size of the cookie.
Royal Icing
  1. Combine confectioners sugar, meringue powder and cream of tarter in large mixing bowl. Add water and clear vanilla and beat on high speed with paddle attachment until stiff peaks form, but mixture is not dry. Add water to reach desired piping consistency (tsp or two at a time), mixing after each addition of water.

  2. Add drops of gel food coloring to reach desired color, but keep in mind the color will deepen and darken as the icing dries.
Decorate the Cookies
  1. Fill piping bags fitted with round metal tips and ice the cookies. I divide the icing into two bowls, 2/3 reserved for flood icing (a thinner consistency ideal for covering the entire cookie) and 1/3 reserved for decorating (a little thicker and used for piping designs). Allow the base to dry for a couple hours before piping designs.
  2. Let completed cookies dry for at least 12 hours before storing in air tight containers.
  3. Cookies will keep for several days stored at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 30 - 2 inch cookies


  • Be sure to chill the cut-out cookies before baking to ensure that they maintain their shape.
  • Cool the cookies completely before decorating with royal icing.
  • Meringue powder is a great substitute for raw egg white in royal icing and is safe to eat!
  • Be sure to sift the confectioners sugar before beating so you don't have any lumps in your royal icing. Even tiny lumps can clog your decorating tips and make decorating a hassle.
  • Beat the royal icing until you have stiff peaks. Add the water very gradually (think a teaspoon or two at a time) until you reach your desired piping consistency.
  • The icing will darken as it hardens, so don't go crazy with the food coloring. I recommend gel food coloring for the best results in color and consistency.
  • Allow the icing to harden for several hours (overnight is ideal) before storing or serving.
Nutrition Facts
Snowflake Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.