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Snowflake Ornament Cookies

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: 1 hour 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

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

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. 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 375°. 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • For glaze, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and enough water to reach desired consistency. Brush over snowflakes; sprinkle with glitter. Let stand at least 5 minutes or until set.
  • Thread ribbon through the holes.
Editor's Note
Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.
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  • gwashington1961
    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!