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Looking for an easy way to decorate sugar cookies this winter? These Snowflake Sugar Cookies are made with a no-chill sugar cookie dough and a simple buttercream frosting. They look beautiful but are easy to make and decorate!

Assorted snowflake sugar cookies on white plates next to cups of coffee

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I’m going to be honest: Cookie decorating is not necessarily my forte.

I can frost the best chocolate cake recipe to look nice. I can pipe homemade buttercream frosting onto funfetti cupcakes all day long. 

But put me in front of a sugar cookie and a batch of royal icing and the result is not gonna be so pretty, okay?

But because I’m also me, I want to be able to make something pretty. I want to be able to make sugar cookies that look like they came out of a magazine.

Luckily, I figured out a way to make some beautiful seasonal sugar cookies that don’t require any artistic talent. 

White plates with snowflake sugar cookies scattered on a gray counter


Enter these Snowflake Sugar Cookies

To make these holiday cookies super easy, I decided to use the same decorated sugar cookie recipe that I used to make my Halloween Monster Decorated Sugar Cookies

Assorted snowflake shaped cookie cutters arranged on a gray counter

That’s right. We’re using the same no-chill sugar cookie dough and simple buttercream frosting as we used before. We’re saving time by skipping the chilling time on the cookie dough and saving you from dirtying extra bowls by keeping all of the frosting white. Just like snowflakes!

But we’ll get to the decorating in a minute. Let’s talk about the flavor in these cookies.

Just because we’re using an easy dough and frosting recipe doesn’t mean we’re going to skimp on flavor. A cookie can be beautiful and easy to make, but if it doesn’t taste good, why bother??

Sugar cookie dough rolled out, with snowflake shapes cut into it

When I make cut-out sugar cookies, I want them to have a sweet, buttery flavor. That means that I reach for my favorite Challenge butter when I’m gathering my ingredients. 

Challenge butter is churned daily from the freshest milk and made without any artificial preservatives, fillers, or dyes, so it adds the best butter flavor possible to my sugar cookies and frosting. When paired with the sweetness of the sugar and pure vanilla extract, the flavor of these Snowflake Sugar Cookies can’t be beat!

Sugar cookie dough cut into snowflake shapes on a baking sheet, ready to bake


You need just a handful of things to make these pretty snowflake cookies:

  • A batch of my decorated sugar cookie dough
  • A batch of my buttercream frosting
  • Snowflake-shaped cookie cutters
  • A set of assorted decorating tips
  • Piping bags 
Mixing bowl full of white buttercream frosting

Since snowflakes are white, you don’t even need any food coloring! 

To make these cookies, cut out a variety of snowflake shapes and bake according to the recipe. 

Load your frosting into a few piping bags fitted with a few different decorating tips. If you don’t have piping bags, you can cut the corner off of a gallon-size zip-top bag and use that instead! 

Baked sugar cookies shaped like snowflakes on a wire rack next to piping bags full of white buttercream frosting

Once the cookies have fully cooled, pipe dots of the frosting onto the cookies using the different tips. The various tips will make an assortment of star and dot shapes on the cookies that will look pretty and wintery when the cookie is finished. 

If you want to go the extra mile, you could sprinkle on some white sparkling sugar or add some sugar pearls, but I think they’re quite pretty with just the frosting.

Decorated snowflake sugar cookies on a wire rack


If you’re making these pretty Snowflake Sugar Cookies, you probably want to gift them to friends and neighbors, right?

Let the cookies rest on a rack or a board for a couple of hours until the frosting has crusted up. 

You can then very gently package them up to gift. If you really want to make sure none of the frosting gets messed up, I would grab a few large bakery-style boxes from your local craft store. Then you can place them side-by-side in the box and tie it all up with a ribbon.

Snowflake sugar cookies decorated with buttercream frosting arranged on a piece of parchment paper

If you have to stack the cookies, do so very gently and don’t stack them more than 2 high. Otherwise the weight of the top cookies will smash the frosting on the bottom cookies. 

You could also arrange a few on a cute holiday plate and include that as part of your gift!

Whether you gift these pretty Snowflake Sugar Cookies or keep them all for yourself, I hope you enjoy making and decorating them as much as I did. 

Snowflake sugar cookie on a white plate next to a cup of coffee
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Snowflake Sugar Cookies

By: Jamie
4.29 from 7 ratings
Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Looking for an easy way to decorate sugar cookies this winter? These Snowflake Sugar Cookies are made with a no-chill sugar cookie dough and a simple buttercream frosting. They look beautiful but are easy to make and decorate!


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup Challenge unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • Pinch of salt

For the frosting:

  • 1 ½ cups Challenge unsalted butter room temperature
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

For decorating:


Make the cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Slowly add the flour and salt, stirring just until combined. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and use your hands to form into a disk. Roll the dough to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick and cut with lightly floured snowflake-shaped cookie cutters. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or just until the edges barely start to turn golden. Remove from the baking sheets to a rack to cool before frosting.

Make the frosting:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter on medium-high speed for about 6 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in confectioners’ sugar, and continue beating until well blended.
  • Add in vanilla and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Mix on low speed until moistened.
  • Add up to an additional tablespoon of heavy cream or milk until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy; about 5 more minutes.

Decorate the cookies:

  • Divide the frosting into several piping bags fitted with different decorating tips.
  • Use the different tips to dot frosting onto the cookies.
  • Sprinkle with white decorating sugar, if desired.



Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 189kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 105mg, Potassium: 22mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 408IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Megan says:

    Hi! I’m making cookie wands for my daughter’s princess party. Many recipes call for baking powder. Would adding that make a difference? Thanks!

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Megan – I don’t like to add leavening (baking powder or baking soda) to my cut-out cookies because it will make them puff up more and they don’t hold their cut shape as well. So this recipe is great for detailed cutters! Hope that helps –

  2. Barbara H says:

    Do these cookies freeze well?

    1. Jamie says:

      Yes, they freeze well unfrosted.


  3. Shannon says:

    I do this same thing. I only make one shape of cookie however (snowflakes!) and I also use a piping bag and tip. I also don’t color my frosting. I do sprinkle the cookie with very fine blue sugar.

    1. Jamie says:

      Yes! I’ve used sprinkles before too. Gives them a little holiday sparkle. :)

    2. Liz says:

      @Shannon, what tip numbers do you use? I didn’t see reference to that in the add and the link goes to the big tips, I don’t think she used those.

    3. Jamie says:

      Hi Liz-
      The tips that were linked to in the set are the tips we used for the cookies. The kit includes: 1M, 2A, 2D, 4B and 8 disposable decorating bags. They look kinds of large in the amazon images, but they really aren’t very large at all. You can typically find this kit at Michael’s as well.