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:
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
- 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.