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Snowflake Ornament Cookies Recipe

Snowflake Ornament Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Edible glitter, sprinkles or coarse sugar
  • Ribbon

Directions

  • 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 into 3 portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. snowflake-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using a plastic straw, make a hole about 1/2 in. from the top of each cookie. Using small decorating cutters, cut out desired shapes to create designs in snowflakes.
  • 4. Bake 5-6 minutes or until set. Use straw to reopen holes in cookies. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining portions, using 4- and 5-in. cutters. Bake 4-in. cookies, 6-7 minutes; bake 5-in. cookies, 8-10 minutes.
  • 5. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the sugar, corn syrup and vanilla. Gradually add enough water to achieve desired consistency. Brush over snowflakes; sprinkle with glitter or sugar. Let stand for at least 5 minutes or until set.
  • 6. Thread ribbon through the holes. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.