With all things winter being on people’s minds and in their outerwear choices. It took my mind to snow and snowflakes, which then naturally lead to snowflake treats (that’s how my brain works).
So then my mind drifted to these sweet and yummy snowflake sugar cookies and I think the rest is fairly self explanatory!
I have a set of 3 snowflake cookie cutters. I really like having the different sizes and shapes for variety. But a single snowflake cookie cutter would get the job done just as well.
The fun of these comes from the frosting and icing decorations. Yes they are all a little different, because well you know… real snowflakes and all. I find white on white frosting does not show well in photos, but is still quite pretty in person. However I played around with white, sparkle gel and even light blue frosting. I used blue and white combinations, white on white, sparkle and no sparkle or pale blue and sparkle gel etc.
These cookies required:
Sugar Cookies Recipe (like this one here)
Icing Recipe (like this one)
Snowflake Shaped Cookie Cutter(s)
Wilton Sparkle Gel Tubes (white and blue)
Blue food colouring
Piping bag fitted with a size 3 Wilton tip
Make up sugar cookie dough, roll out a 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface and using cookie cutters, make snowflake shaped cookies.
Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, until slightly golden on edges.
Remove from oven, gently remove to cooling racks and leave until room temperature.
Mix up icing. Divide in half, leaving one half white and colouring the other half a very faint blue. Gather other cookie decorating supplies.
Fit a piping bag with a tiny tip, like the Wilton size 3 and fill with frosting.
Then begin icing cookies. Use the piping bag, make a dam by tracing the outside edge of the cookie. Then flood and fill the cookies with icing. Play around with blue and white combinations and the sparkle gel. Use sparkling sugar or nonpareils if desired as well.
Repeat until all the cookies are iced. Then allow to set up and harden, uncovered, overnight. The Wilton Sparkle gel will never completely harden, so cookies with the gel do best when not stacked.
Enjoy! Or take to a wonderful winter themed party.
A helpful note:
When I plan to do a specific project like this, I find it best to assign my ‘helpful’ little baking assistant(s) their own small amount of dough to roll, cut out (I do the baking) and then frost – with generally only what can be described as a shocking amount of frosting!! That way I can focus on the details I am working on and hopefully limit frustrations.