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Almond Sugar Cookie Snowflakes

stacked iced snowflake cookies

Ingredients

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Almond Sugar Cookie Dough
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
1 ½ teaspoon Almond Extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
1 egg

Royal Icing
4 Cups Powdered Sugar (add more if icing is to liquidy)
¼-½ Cup Pasteurized Egg Whites (add more if the icing is to stiff)
¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Food Coloring

Instructions

Prepare the Almond Sugar Cookie Dough:

  1. In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and powdered sugar
  2. Add the egg, almond extract and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and mix until fully combined
  3. Add the flour into the butter mixture and mix just until combined
  4. On a lightly floured surface, remove the dough from the mixing bowl and gently knead until it comes together
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the dough to rest

Bake the Almond Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ⅛-¼ inch thick, cut the dough using a variety of size snowflake cookie cutters and place on a prepared baking sheet
  3. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes (cookies will have very slight golden color only on the edges, you want the centers to be soft)
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely before icing

Prepare the Royal Icing

  1. In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, whisk together the powdered sugar, egg whites and vanilla extract until fully combined, creamy

*The icing should be thick enough to create a ribbon texture when you lift a spoon of icing from the bowl and then it should lay flat once it has settled back into the bowl
*You don’t want the icing to liquid or it will spread off of the cookie and not keep its shape

Decorate and Ice the Snowflake Almond Sugar Cookies

  1. Diving the royal icing into 4 bowls and mix each bowl of royal icing with the food coloring of your choice
  2. Fill pastry bags with each individual color of royal icing; set aside
  3. Using a very fine round tip or cut the pastry bag to be a very fine point, outline the perimeter of all of the snowflake cookies and allow the icing outline to dry
  4.  Once the outline is dry, cut the hole a little bit bigger (not much) or use slightly larger tip to fill in each snowflake with the same color as the outline (the outline should prevent the icing from flowing over the edge of the cookie)
  5. Allow the icing base to dry, approximately 20-30 minutes before piping the snowflake detail on each cookie
  6. Using the same color as the base of the cookie and a very fine tip on your pastry bag, pipe the snowflake detail on each cookie. You can be creative and make each snowflake the same or different
  7. Allow the snowflake cookies to try before serving, stacking on a platter or packaging to gift

Notes

  • If you don't love almond, remove the almond extract and replace the extract with vanilla
  • Be creative and try different flavors, Peppermint sugar cookies would be delicious and sugar festive over the holiday.  Simply replace the almond extract with peppermint extract
  • You can use my classic Shortbread Cookie Dough in place of the Almond Sugar Cookie dough
  • Chilling the Sugar Cookie Dough for 30 minutes will allow the dough to rest and will make it easier to roll out.
  • If you don't want to decorate and glaze the cookies with royal icing, you can dust the cookies with powdered sugar and they will be beautiful and delicious.
  • Royal Icing can be made with meringue powder, but I prefer using pasteurized egg whites for a creamy and decadent glaze

Keywords: Almond Sugar Cookies