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!
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I’m going to be honest: Cookie decorating is not necessarily my forte.
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.
EASY HOLIDAY CUT-OUT SUGAR COOKIES
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.
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??
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!
DECORATING IDEAS FOR SNOWFLAKE SUGAR COOKIES
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
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!
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.
HOW TO PACKAGE THESE DECORATED COOKIES FOR GIFTING
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.
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.
For the cookies:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- Pinch of salt
For the frosting:
- 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) Challenge unsalted butter, room temperature
- 5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
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 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.
- If desired, use gel dye to color the frosting before spreading or piping frosting onto cooled cookies
Nutrition InformationYield 36 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 146Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 13mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 0gSugar 22gProtein 2g
- 1 batch Decorated Sugar Cookie dough and frosting
- Snowflake-shaped cookie cutters
- White decorating sugar (optional)
- Assorted decorating tips
- Piping bags
- Cut the cookie dough into snowflake shapes and bake according to the recipe instructions. Allow to cool completely.
- Prepare the buttercream frosting according to the recipe instructions.
- 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.