Snowflake Sugar Cookie Recipe

Only three days until Christmas! This year went by so quickly, but there is still time to make a batch of cookies or two.  In fact, I plan to spend some time today baking. This is one of my favorite cookie recipes. I have made these cookies for many different occasions, including a baby shower and to celebrate the arrival of spring.  I made the latest batch for Jaime and my annual holiday dessert party.  To help give our party a cohesive elegant look we decided to make all of the desserts red and white.  Recently I have been a bit obsessed with snowflake cookie cutters and I figured that this was a perfect time to put them to use and make some snowflake cookies.  Earlier this season I put them to use to make salt dough snowflake ornaments.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

To make my snowflake sugar cookies, I used:

  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • parchment paper
  • 1 batch butter cream frosting (divided): 1 cup butter (at room temperature); 3 cups powdered sugar; 1 1/2teaspoons vanilla; and 2 tablespoons whipping cream (milk also works)

I combined the shortening, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl and beat with a stand mixer for approximately 2 minutes.  In a medium bowl, I stirred together the flour, baking powder and salt.  I added the dry ingredients and evaporated milk to the wet ingredients and stirred until combined.

I placed the dough on a piece of floured parchment paper.  On a piece of parchment paper, I rolled the dough with a rolling pin until it was approximately 1/2 ” thick.  I cut the rolled dough into a variety of snowflake shapes using different cookie cutters.  (I used snowflake cookie cutters as well as star and daisy cookie cutters.)  To help the cookies keep their shape, I removed the excess dough from around the cut cookies, but did not remove the cookies from the parchment paper.

I made a variety of different sized snowflake cookies, but to make sure that the cookies baked evenly I baked similarly sized cookies together.

SnowflakeI placed the cookies and parchment paper on a cookie sheet and baked the cookies in a 350 degree oven for about 7-12 minutes depending on the size.  The cookies are done when the top does not indent when touched lightly.  I let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

While the cookies were cooling, I made the butter cream frosting. In a stand mixer, I beat the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy and then beat in the vanilla and whipping cream.

Once the cookies had cooled completely, I frosted them with butter cream frosting.  I used a round tip and a star tip. Snowflake Sugar CookiesEnjoy!

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? If so, I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!

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