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Snowflake and Icicle Cookies Recipe
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Snowflake and Icicle Cookies Recipe

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Bring some of winter's wonder indoors with shaped butter cookies that get their sparkle from edible glitter. These cookie ornaments are great favors for your trim-a-tree party guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • White edible glitter or coarse sugar
  • Ribbon


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough in half. Place one portion in a small bowl; shape the other portion into a 5-in. log. Cover both and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. For snowflakes: Divide dough from bowl in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion to 1/8-in. thickness. (Refrigerate other portion until ready to use.) Cut nine medium snowflakes and six large snowflakes with cookie cutters.
  4. Carefully place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using small decorating cutters, cut out desired shapes to create designs in snowflakes. Use a toothpick to help remove the cutouts. Cut six small snowflakes and place 1 in. apart on another baking sheet. With a plastic straw, poke a hole in the top of each cookie.
  5. Bake medium and large snowflakes at 375° for 6-1/2 to 7 minutes and small snowflakes for 6 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  6. For icicles: Cut log into 1/4-in. slices; roll each into a 9-in. rope, tapering from the center to each end. Fold each rope in half; twist pinching the ends to a point. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately poke a hole in the top of each icicle with a plastic straw. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  8. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the sugar, corn syrup and vanilla. Gradually add enough water to achieve desired consistency. Brush over icicles and snowflakes; sprinkle with glitter or sugar. Let stand for at least 5 minutes or until set.
  9. Thread ribbon through the hole in the icicles and small snowflakes and through a cutout in the medium and large snowflakes. Yield: about 20 icicles and 21 snowflakes.
Editor's Note: Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
Originally published as Snowflake and Icicle Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p107

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Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"This is the recipe for Snowflake & Icicle Cookies - to decorate your Christmas Tree (Live or Artificial Trees - Cookies are edible). They will make a truly lovely tree. Check out Paula Deen's video on 'Snowflake Cookies' to see a colored glaze with Glitter & Edible Beads in order to create Cookies even Santa would love to eat!"

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