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Put on a warm sweater, listen to some holiday tunes, and get ready to make these adorable snowflake cookies! 

Even if you live in the sunny South, you can still bake up a winter wonderland. A variety of snowflake cookie cutters will help make them extra special and unique, just like the real snowflakes found in nature. Inspire creativity with a multitude of decoration options. You could dye the royal icing various shades of wintery blue or other seasonal colors, use various colors of sparking sugar and edible glitter, and let everyone in the family make their own. Or leave the icing plain and pipe different designs on each cookie, topping them off with the same shade of sparkling sugar. When you’re done decorating, you’ll have a lovely collection of snowflakes each one different than the other and each just as delicious. Gather your supplies, throw on a warm sweater, put on some holiday tunes, and follow the recipe below to learn how to make snowflake cookies.

 

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Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Parchment paper
Royal Icing 
Sparkling sugar or edible glitter

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well.
  2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended.
  3. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch snowflake cookie cutter, and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 325° for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely (about 40 minutes). Decorate with Royal Icing, sprinkle snowflake cookies with sanding sugar or edible glitter, then turn upside down and gently tap to remove the excess.  Repeat with remaining cookies, icing, and sparkling sugar. Allow the icing to set completely before serving.