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Snowflake Cookie Ornaments

Your cookie trays will twinkle with these festive snowflake cookies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ROYAL ICING:
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Sky blue gel food coloring
  • Ribbon

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough into fourths. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion to 1/8-in. thickness. (Refrigerate other portions until ready to use.) Using a variety of sizes of floured snowflake cookie cutters, cut out snowflakes.
  • Carefully place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using small decorating cutters, cut out desired shapes to create designs in some of the snowflakes. Use a toothpick to help remove the cutouts. With a plastic straw, poke a hole in the top of each small cookie.
  • Bake medium and large snowflakes 6-1/2-7 minutes and small snowflakes 6 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • For royal icing, in a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and meringue powder. Add warm water; beat on low speed 1 minute. Beat on high 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Tint half blue. Leave remaining icing white; cover and set aside.
  • With blue icing and a round tip, outline half of the cookies; fill in centers with blue icing and let dry completely. With white icing and a round tip, outline each blue-colored cookie and create snowflake designs. Let dry completely.
  • On the remaining cookies, repeat process using white icing on white frosted cookies. Thread a ribbon through the hole in each small snowflake and through the cutout in each medium and large snowflake.
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