Snowflake (or…er Star) Cookies for Christmas

I was part of a Christmas Cookies Exchange last weekend. Basically we were to bake half a dozen cookies for each participant and we all swap cookies so everyone ends up with a nice assortment. In this case I had to bake 8 dozen cookies. I had seen a beautiful snowflake cookie on the cover of a magazine while I was checking out at the grocery store and was inspired to make such lovely little winter cookies. I started with a basic sugar cookie recipe, then I frosted them with a basic Royal Icing in this case died a light icy blue; then I finished them off with little decorative silver balls. Here is the outcome:

I am actually really happy with the outcome. They may not be as perfect as the one’s on the magazine cover; but they look lovely and taste marvelous.

P.S my local baking supplies store was all sold out of snowflake cutters, so I settled for stars 🙂

Here is the recipe I used for these:

  • 1 1/2 c. butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 1/2 c. sifted plain flour
  • 1 2/3 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Beat well. Add flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla; mix well. Place on greased cookie sheet; press each cookie VERY thin with a sugared fork or a cookie press.Bake for about 12 minutes at 400°F.Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 or 3 drops clear almond (optional)

Sift the powdered sugar (so it won’t clog the decorating tip).

Combine sugar with meringue powder until well mixed; stir in water. Beat on low speed until ingredients are moistened (about 30 seconds).

Increase mixer speed to medium to high speed and beat for 5 to 8 minutes or until icing is very stiff. If icing is too stiff, add a few drops of water or flavoring, if too liquid, add more sugar, until icing is of a piping consistency.

Divide into portions and tint to different colors, using a few drops of coloring (a little goes a long way!). Use icing immediately or keep covered to prevent it from drying out.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Enjoy!

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About mommamaynard

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

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