How to Make Blue and White Snowflake Cookies
In the run up to the festive Holiday season, I really enjoy making a batch of Christmas cookies. My daughter loves to help out and snowflake cookies are a favorite to make because we just love the Frozen winter theme.
The basic sugar cookie recipe is so easy to make but, with the blue and white icing on top, it makes these snowflake designs look like they took you forever to make. The recipe enclosed is in 3 easy parts: making the cookies, the poured blue icing and then royal white icing on top.
You can use an icing pen with a fine tip to draw on all the white, frosty looking details. The unique coloring on these blue and white snowflake cookies makes them simply ideal as sweet treats. Perfect for all those Disney Frozen parties as well as the Christmas season.
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How to Make These Easy Frozen Winter Themed Blue and White Snowflake Cookies
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You and your family can do this easy blue and white snowflake cookie recipe together. Then you will have some delicious winter and Holiday themed cookies to show off to your guests.
Decorate these snowflake cookies in all kinds of ways. I really like to have a wonderful blue color icing that has a smooth and shiny finish to it. If you're lucky, there will maybe be some left over as spares to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Step 1: The Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe
To make your snowflake cookies, you will need a snowflake cookie cutter. There are loads to choose from. Look for those with a snowflake shape that you love the look of for making your winter themed cookies.
You can get some that are pretty and interesting with fancy edges that will add a really great shape without the need for you to add too much in the way of any further decoration.
Some cutters come with a comfort grip that can be better for pressing down on with your hands when it is dough cutting time. This is a feature that may be invaluable to you as you press down time and time again and again to press the snowflake shapes out.
Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
4 ounces butter
4 ounces shortening
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
UK readers may prefer the simpler recipe here. Alternatively you can choose your own sugar cookie recipe or look for one via AllRecipes.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, butter and also the shortening for approximately 3 minutes on a medium speed if you are using an electronic mixer or until everything is well mixed together.
2. Gradually add in the egg, plus the extra egg yolk and the vanilla extract to the mix. Then mix again for another minute or until all incorporated.
3. Add in the flour and salt. Mix on a higher speed until the dough all holds together. You can add in one or two tablespoons of water if you feel that it needs extra moisture to all come together.
4. Form the dough into two pieces of roughly equal size and wrap up each in some plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight if you prefer.
5. When you are ready for cutting, remove one piece of dough at a time from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece to approx 3/16 inch thick. Then cut with your cutter to make your snowflakes. Place each one slightly apart on a baking sheet.
6. Bake for around 8 to 10 minutes on a medium setting until the edges just start to turn brown. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to sit on the sheet for a few minutes to allow them to harden. Then carefully move them on to a wire rack so they can cool completely before decorating begins.
While this shows how to make blue iced snow flake designs, you can use the exact same techniques to bake other shapes and ice them in any color you like. We enjoy buying fun sets of cutters like this one where we can choose from a range of shapes to make.
Step 2: How to Make Smooth Blue Icing
This is a recipe for making some really smooth poured icing. The smooth icing can be tinted in various colors to make all kinds of stunning Christmas and winter themed holiday cookies.
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1 cup confectioners' sugar (icing sugar) sifted
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
Blue food coloring
Put the sugar and milk in a bowl. Stir until the milk is mixed in well. Add in the corn syrup and mix together well.
Add in the desired amount of blue food coloring. Blue can be tricky to work with. I recommend starting with just a drop or two because you can always add more but you can't remove it once the color gets too dark.
Place the cookies on a wire rack which is laid over some wax paper to catch the drips. Slowly pour the icing over the cookies, making sure that you cover the entire snowflake design. Allow the icing to set before you start decorating further.
Quick Little Icing Tip: If there are any bare spots on your designs after pouring on the icing, take a toothpick and fill in the spots quickly before the icing dries.
Step 3: The Optional White Detail Icing
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These blue and white snowflake cookies look great accented with some royal icing that you can make or you can simply buy an icing writer tube which has a fine nozzle. Be creative and make all of your cookies unique.
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' or icing sugar
5-7 tablespoons warm water
Beat all the ingredients together until the icing forms peaks. Start with 5 tablespoons of water and add in some more if it is needed. Place into a piping bag and draw out your designs onto the cookies.
Sweet Ideas on Your Blue and White Snowflake Cookie Treats
What can you do after your winter themed cookies are finished? Since the icing is hard, you can individually wrap each one in baggies and give them out as gifts.
Also, if you punch or make a hole in the cookies before baking, you can hang them on your tree after the icing dries as sweet treats. How fun would that be.
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