I have the sweetest and softest snowflake sugar cookies for you!
Between college sports, food festivals, a happening theatre and music scene, first-rate restaurants and notable vineyards, we’re rarely at a loss for things to do in our town. And although there’s no denying that each of these has put Central New York on the map, there’s one thing that consistently lands Syracuse on a Top Ten if not Number One spot on any list ——> SNOW.
We find ourselves at the top of many Snowiest City lists each year thanks to geography. Syracuse gets hit consistently by three major types of snowstorms: Nor’easters, Lake Effect and Alberta Clippers. You could call it a ‘triple threat’ in the world of weather. (syracuse.com)
And although there are times when I wonder if I can handle even one more day of Ugg boots and down-filled jackets taking up precious real estate in my closets – there’s something so satisfying about sitting inside where it’s toasty while peering outside at gently falling snowflakes where it’s cold.
I suppose I can handle it for a few more years…
So we were in another snowy town recently, one that also happens to be known for its icy accumulation – Lake Placid…(we must really like snow)…when I stumbled upon this adorable cookie cutter.
It came with a simple recipe for sugar cookies, which I modified a bit, and then I proceeded to have fun playing with color.
As you know, I’m not much of a baker, but I do enjoy my sweets every now and again, and when they’re this cute – all the better!
I made a double batch of white icing and used half to create the icy blues for decorating. Just a couple drops of blue food coloring for the lighter and a few more drops for the darker.
I painted the cookie with a solid color, white or blue, then made snowflake designs using the other colors by using toothpicks to dot and swirl.
And no two are the same! Of course…
Have I mentioned how fun this is? This is fun!
A great activity with the kids should you get hit by Ol’ Man Winter, too!
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. lemon juice
- blue food coloring
- For the cookies, add butter and sugar to a large bowl and mix until light and fluffy.
- Next, add the egg, vanilla, salt and flour. Mix until fully combined.
- Chill dough for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Roll out the dough to about ¼-inch thick, and using the cookie cutter, form cookies.
- Place on cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes or until cookies are firm.
- Remove cookies from sheets and cool on wire racks.
- For the icing, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
- Separate frosting in individual bowls and add food coloring to create different gradations of color.
- Frost, decorate, and eat!
In need of a few more cookie recipes? Here you go!
Have a great weekend, my friends!