Snowflake Cookies

Snowflake Cookies

To make these snowflake cookies extra pretty, garnish with sugar pearls, which you can find at craft stores and (meringue powder for the icing can also be found at these places).

Snowflake Cookies
Yield: approximately 3 dozen cookies
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  1. 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1⁄2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  5. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  9. 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  11. Royal Icing (recipe follows)
  12. Garnish: white sparkling sugar and sugar pearls
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth,
  2. 2 to 3 minutes. Add sugars, beating at low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla, beating to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Increase speed to medium; beat 1 to 2 minutes more.
  4. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a disk, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough 1⁄4 inch thick. Using various-sized snowflake cutters, cut out cookies, rerolling dough once, if necessary. Place on prepared pans.
  7. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  8. Decorate with Royal Icing; garnish with sparkling sugar and sugar pearls, if desired. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
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Royal Icing
Yield: 1 1⁄4 cups
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  1. 1⁄4 cup cold water
  2. 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  3. 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl, beat 1⁄4 cup cold water and meringue powder with a whisk until frothy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, whisking until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
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