How to Make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 40 cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

How to Make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies with time saving baking hacks and a full step-by-step video showing you how to get these gorgeous designs (without royal icing!). Plus a KITCHENAID STAND MIXER GIVEAWAY!

How to make EASY snowflake sugar cookies with a bunch of baking hacks to save you time! Step-by-step video included too!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Just like sugar cookies from your favorite bakery!
Texture: Light and soft yet still sturdy enough to hold their shape and transport safely.
Ease: So much easier than traditional cut out sugar cookies and royal icing in my opinion!
Pros: Fun and easy way to make festive cookies for a crowd.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely yes.

How festive and pretty are these snowflake sugar cookies?! No one has to know (or will even believe) just how easy they are.

How to Make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies

In the past I had virtually no patience for cut-out cookies. Sure, they’re beautiful. But why should I have to chill and roll and cut and chill again when I could just make drop cookies and eliminate all those extra steps?

Well I’ve done some experimenting and have found a bunch of time saving tips to make cut-out cookies so much quicker and easier. Plus, you don’t need to deal with royal icing to achieve these pretty cookies.

This recipe also makes 40, so it’s perfect for any holiday party. You could even double it for a really big gathering, or easily halve it for a smaller group.

How to Make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies

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These cookies actually make a star appearance in my recent post on How to Host a Cookie Exchange (there’s a mini set of free party printables in that post).

Sugar Cookie Tips

All the tips you need to become a sugar cookie expert are in this step-by-step video. I go over every detail I could think of to give you a solid understanding of how sugar cookies work and what the best time saving tricks are.

Virtually all cookie dough can be made ahead of time, and baked sugar cookies store particularly well (especially in the freezer). So if you want even more info on how to make these ahead of time be sure to download my free Make Ahead Baking Guide here.

How to Make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies

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How to make
Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Recipe By Tessa Arias, Handle the Heat
Yield: about 40 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

If you don’t have almond extract, feel free to omit. It simply adds an extra element of sweet flavor to the recipe.

Ingredients

For the cookies:

3 sticks (339 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 1/2 cups (572 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

For the icing:

2 cups (250 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons water or milk

Directions

Make the cookies:

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until well-combined and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until combined. On low speed, slowly add in the flour and baking powder and beat until incorporated.

Divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Place one dough portion between two sheets of parchment and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat with the remaining portion of dough. Place the two sheets of dough on a baking sheet and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. You can also freeze for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Remove the dough from the fridge and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter, rerolling any scraps and cutting more shapes. Transfer the shapes to the prepared baking sheets.

If the dough is warm, freeze for 15 minutes or until firmed again.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set and begin to brown. Be careful not to over-bake. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Baked un-iced sugar cookies can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Make the icing:

In a small bowl, use a fork to beat together all the ingredients except the food coloring. The mixture should be very thick but still pourable.

Transfer the icing to a squeeze bottle using a funnel. You can also scoop into a pastry bag fitted with a very small plain tip. Before you begin icing any cookies, take a few moments to practice on a piece of parchment paper to get the feel of the icing.

Holding the bottle or bag tip directly over one corner of a cookie, create lines and dots to enhance the snowflake shape as seen in the photos. If desired, garnish with edible dragees, glitter, or sprinkles. Let the icing set before serving.

About Tessa...

Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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22 Responses to “How to Make Easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies”

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    Liz — November 21, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Always learn a TON when I watch your videos! You should try out for The Next Food Network Star!!!! You appear very comfortable in front of the camera and explain everything so clearly! Great tips, too!

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      Tessa — November 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Awe, thank you so much Liz!! I really appreciate that. You’re too sweet 🙂

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    Catie — November 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Hi! I loved your video tutorial for the extra tips and your explanations are so clear and easy to follow 🙂

    Quick question for you:

    Your icing instructions mention food coloring (to not mix it with the rest of the icing ingredients), but the ingredient list doesn’t. If I wanted to use food coloring, would it be the liquid kind and how many drops? Also, when would the coloring be mixed in?

    Thank you!

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    Amy — November 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love cut out sugar cookies and hate the hassle! I usually bake and make candy on Black Friday so I’ll be trying it soon!

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      Tessa — November 22, 2016 at 11:08 am

      What a fun tradition! Happy Thanksgiving, Amy!

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    Kelli — November 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I 2nd that motion, Next Food Network Star, though you’re already a STAR in your own right; an absolute natural. OR Great American Baking Challenge, you’d win hands down, no contest! Thank you for always sharing your easy tips, tricks, & fun/tasty recipes with everyone. You’re an inspiration Tessa (even got me to clean & organize a cupboard with your video). Thank you!

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      Tessa — November 22, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Thank you SO much, Kelli!! I truly appreciate your kind and encouraging comment! I’m so glad you’re enjoying everything I put it, it’s comments like these that keep me going 🙂

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    Misha — November 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Do you have a link to a frosting recipe that could be used to do sugar cookies the “old” way? Like, I have a four-year-old daughter whom I want to let decorate cookies with me this year, and we’re going to need the kind she can use a knife or something to spread on. I plan to make this cookie recipe (because whenever I make cookies I use your recipes!), but think I’ll need something different for frosting.

    Different question: would waxed paper work for rolling out the dough instead of parchment paper? I don’t own the latter, since I use silicone baking mats I haven’t needed to but it.

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    Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats — November 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    These cookies look like winter wonderland! Love the recipe and that they can be made in advance 🙂 yum!!

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    Kristin — November 21, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    These cookies are beautiful and great video. Thanks!

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    Stu — November 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Enjoy your videos, you explain in very easy to understand directions. how would you feel if I posted one of your videos to my site from time to time?
    BTW my son and daughter in law are both red seal chefs so I know just how tough your profession is.

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      Tessa — November 23, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Hi Stu, that’s totally fine! I have no problem with people embedding my videos 🙂 Thanks for asking!

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    Charley — November 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Is there a substitute for the almond extract. Could I just add more vanilla extract to make up for the almond or would that be too much

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    Jim Barrett — November 28, 2016 at 9:59 am

    These are next on my to do list..after a successful thanksgiving where I was in charge of desserts, you are one of my new heroes! People like you make learning fun..God bless and thank you!

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    Marette simpson — December 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I truly enjoyed this video and your recipes. . I have learned so much from you. Thank you so much!!!

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    Kristen — December 5, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Hi! I am also wondering about the almond extract. We have a nut allergy in our house, so wondering if we could substitute for something else or just leave out.

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    Claudia — December 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I just made these cookies, you’re right they are so easy to make, they were delicious! One question, will the icing set so it doesn’t get messy when putting away for Christmas??

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    Brandy — January 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I have been eyeing this recipe since you posted it. I finally got a chance to make the cookies and they are amazing! I’ve never made homemade cut out cookies and your video and tips made it so easy! Thanks so much, Tessa!

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      Tessa — January 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      So glad to hear that, Brandy!

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    super mario world — March 30, 2017 at 12:32 am

    These cookies look like winter wonderland! Love the recipe and that they can be made in advance 🙂 yum!!

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    melby — March 31, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Avec ta recette j’ai faits les biscuits de Pâques (lapin,œuf,papillon et tulipe ).Très bon et simple a faire . la prochaine fois je vais ajouter au mélange des flocons d’érables pour le temps des sucres et certain glacer avec le beurre d’érable .Miammm. 🙂 Merci .

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