Make These Vanilla-Hinted Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Recipe development and food styling by Jade Sinacori

It’s hard to find a more delicious way to delight in the season of giving than opening your heart—and your kitchen—to the art of the homemade. With hints of vanilla, these Holiday Sugar Cookies are festive, delicious, and almost too pretty to eat!

snowflake sugar cookies
Photography by Mac Jamieson
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Cuisine: dessert
Serves: 36 cookies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Meringue Powder Icing (recipe follows)
  • Assorted nonpareils, sanding sugar for decoration
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and extracts with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using desired cutters, cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place cookies on prepared pans. Bake until edges are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 3 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Paint Meringue Powder Icing onto cookies using small paintbrushes and decorate as desired with nonpareils and sanding sugar. Let icing dry completely. Store in airtight containers for up to 1 week.

Meringue Powder Icing
Cuisine: dessert
Serves: 2½ cups
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2¼ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Assorted paste food coloring
  1. In a medium bowl, beat ¼ cup cold water and meringue powder with a mixer at medium speed until frothy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Divide mixture among small bowls. Add food coloring to achieve desired colors. Paint icing onto cookies using small paintbrushes.



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