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Frosted Snowflake Cookies

My family gathers at the kitchen table every winter to add a white glaze to these snowflake cookies. To increase the wow factor, tint the frosting with food colors and try various sprinkles.—Carolyn Olney, Richmond, NH
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • Colored sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough into three portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each 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.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Decorate as desired with frosting and, if desired, sugar.
  • Freeze option: Freeze decorated cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving.
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