Snowflake Cookies

There’s hardly a chance of a white Christmas where I live but it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a few snowflakes…even if they are in the shape of cookies! 

This is not a family recipe from my mother, but it is from another woman, a Southern Lady, Paula Deen.  I tried this recipe several years back and loved how the dough handled, the texture and taste that it has become a regular on my Christmas cookie tray ever since!  While these certainly can be cut out into any shape, I make the whole batch into snowflakes.  I like presentation of the twinkling snowflakes mingled among the other cookies. 

And while I’m chatting about my cookie trays for the last several posts, I was left a comment from John From The Bartolini Kitchens wondering what my cookie trays look like.  So, here is a peek into the back of my car making its way to deliver the cookies!! 

Not a great shot, but the cookies are layered and stacked, heaviest on bottom to form a nice sweet pyramid.  This year I made a total of about 9 different cookies.  Teamwork with my daughter, she layered, I wrapped and bowed each plate.  I pick up pretty holiday plates to give with the cookies; no paper products for the holidays!!

Snowflake Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Icing – recipe follows

Garnish: silver dragees, sugar pearls, sparkling sugar

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and almond extract until combined.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to sugar mixture, beating until smooth. Wrap dough in heavy-duty plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with assorted snowflake cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Chill dough 15 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

 Makes about 2 ½ dozen.

Icing:

Mix together 1 tablespoon of melted butter with ½ pound confectioners’ sugar and about ¼ cup milk.  Stir in milk slowly to reach desired consistency.  Brush on cookies and immediately add sprinkles of your choice.

Recipe from Food Network, Paula Deen

31 thoughts on “Snowflake Cookies

  1. They look so festive spread out in you backseat on the blanket! Get way to keep them from sliding about, btw.

    I’m a firm believer that Paula Deen recipes may as well be recipes from your mamma. 🙂

  2. Wow, you were busy baking! These look terrific! I made tiny tiny samples to giveaway to the ladies in my barre class. This year our Christmas is quiet and didn’t do much baking as I’d like! Merry Christmas if I don’t hear from you!

  3. Mmmmmm. These look fantastic! And I love your cookie trays. They are so festive and fun. I have no doubt you’re making countless friends happy with those. 🙂

  4. What’s this? Paula Deen, and only “1 cup” of butter? 😀 I love the look of the icing – so pale and delicate looking! Yummy 🙂 How are your Christmas preparations coming on? Stocked in on all the stuff yet?

    1. I think that is why I like this recipe – it’s not overkill with the butter!! I think I’m pretty much ready for the holidays – as you know, I had a timetable of prep work made ahead to keep me on schedule!! I’ll be doing lots of cooking over the next day!

  5. Yay for you for buying real plates — that’s impressive. I use tins or cardboard boxes. This morning I’m making dividers for the tins to that the fragile cookies don’t get crushed by the others or shift around. I love the sparkliness of your snowflakes.

  6. So many cookies!!!! Don’t get those near me because I could easily eat that entire tray in one day. Yes, my sweet tooth is that bad. What a wonderful gift, Linda. 🙂

  7. Wonderful! Now, what kind of sprinkles have you got on top? They look like a shimmering silver…so festive and inviting and your snowflake shape is so detailed… your cookies trays look smashing wrapped in cello and ribbon – gift-giving perfect!

  8. Those snowflakes look great, sparkles and all! Thanks for the shout-out but those cookie trays! They’re even better than I’d imagined, Linda. What outstanding gifts they’ll make! Now, just how does one get on your delivery route? I mean, I’d hate to move to Florida, only to find out next December that I somehow fell short. (And bringing Zia with me is not an option.)

    1. Zia doesn’t like beautiful weather?? My father never visited me because he didn’t like to fly! I should have made a road trip with him because he loved the ocean (reminded him of Sicily) and of course, the weather. Well, my cookies were also shipped up to Ohio in tins so you don’t need to live locally to get my cookies!!

  9. I am soooooooooo glad you showed us photos of your beautiful, festive and scrumptious cookie trays. I WANT TO BE ON YOUR COOKIE LIST LADY! Really! 🙂 These look fantastic! I have an idea how much work is involved and how much of your love and patience as well. Please, please have a wonderful Christmas!

  10. Wow – look at all those cookies? How do I get on that list? What nice things must I do? It’s always good to have a dough that handles well, I often don’t have luck with that. I’ve saved this for next time I want to do a shape, and making them sparkle like that is just so festive. Merry christmas!

  11. Wish you were here to help me… this will go down in our Christmas History as the Year of Undecorated Sugar Cookies…
    (Not that they’ll go to waste…I DO have a 20 year old son who could care less if the cookies have frosting or sprinkles!)

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