This post is more about the icing on the snowflake cookies, rather than the cookies themselves, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise as I am definitely more of an artist than a baker!

Did you know one of my biggest fears is cooking for people? I am a disaster in the kitchen when it comes to cooking.

These cookies, however, are as delicious as they are pretty and they are so easy! This is a win win for me, lol!!!

Glazed snowflake cookies on a crystal platter


Snowflake Cookie:

  • 8 ounces of very soft salted butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons half and half cream
  • 1/4 – 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • blue food coloring – 2 drops


Snowflake cookies:

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Place soft butter in a medium sized mixing bowl. Cream until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix together for about 30 seconds until fluffy and well blended.

Ingredients in bowl for snowflake cookies

Sprinkle the flour and cornstarch evenly over the top of the mixture. Stir in until fully incorporated and the dough is shaggy.

Turn out onto floured surface, press dough into a ball and knead a few times. Roll out with a rolling pin until 3/8 inch thick.

Use cookie cutters and cut out cookies and place on pan and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 24 hours.

Snowflake cookie dough rolled out with snowflake cookie cutters on top

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove cookies from fridge and bake for 12-16 minutes until cookies are turning golden on the edges. Rotate pans halfway through for even browning. Cool completely.


Combine powdered sugar, half and half cream and peppermint extract (optional) in a medium sized bowl.

Icing sugar in bowl for glaze on snowflake cookie
Adding half and half cream to icing sugar

Mix until smooth. The glaze should be thick but pourable. Add more half and half cream if too thick.

Mixed glaze for snowflake cookies

Drop two drops of blue food coloring into the glaze. Use a toothpick and swirl the food coloring around, but do not mix fully.

Adding two drops of food coloring to glaze for snowflake cookies

Holding the edges of the cookie, dip the surface into the glaze. Pull the cookie out and let drip off.

Dipping snowflake cookie into glaze
Glazed snowflake cookies on tinfoil to dry

When it stops dripping, quickly turn the cookie over, and give a little jiggle so that the glaze levels out and then place on tinfoil.

Allow to dry for 15 to 30 minutes.

Add sprinkles or other decorations as you choose.

These cookies are so pretty they are like art

Snowflakes are so pretty in real life and no two are the same. These snowflake cookies are similar, not one is like another. They are almost too pretty to eat…almost! They are delicious too.

Glazed snowflake cookies on a crystal platter

Make sure to display on a pretty platter and get a few photos of your gorgeous creations!

Glazed snowflake cookies on a crystal platter

I hope you enjoyed this post and will give this a try. It is so easy but so pretty!

How to make the prettiest & easiest Snowflake cookies!

Are you all decorated for Christmas? Are you looking for a different way to decorate your tree? If so, check out my Winter Tree Decorating post.

Winter tree decorated with dried fruit, acorns, pinecones, acorns and wooden stars

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  • Kylie
    December 5, 2022

    These cookies are so pretty! I love how the tie-dye swirly colors come out!

    • Crystal
      December 5, 2022

      Thanks so much Kylie! I think this glazing affect is perfect for snowflake cookies!

  • Kristy Mastrandonas
    December 5, 2022

    Oh my goodness, Crystal! Your Snowflake Sugar Cookies are a work of art! They’re almost too pretty to eat!

    • Crystal
      December 6, 2022

      Thanks so much Kristy! Definitely almost too pretty, but we ate them anyway hahaha!!!

  • Missy
    December 6, 2022

    These cookies are works of art, Crystal! I am so excited to try this! I think I might try this for a cookie exchange I have next week! I know they will be a hit!

    • Crystal
      December 6, 2022

      Missy I really hope you do! I would love to see what colors you would use.

  • Tammy
    December 6, 2022

    Crystal, these cookies are beautiful. I love how they are decorated.

    • Crystal
      December 6, 2022

      Thanks so much Tammy! They are so easy to decorate and they all look different!

  • Cindy
    December 6, 2022

    Crystal, your snowflake cookies are stunning! My daughter is a fine arts major and I’ll bet she’d love baking these with me! Thanks for sharing your process and all the steps! BTW, I get nervous when I’m cooking for people bc I can’t multi task! I have to prep everything in advance haha. Have a merry Christmas my friend!

    • Crystal
      December 6, 2022

      Oh a fine arts major – I bet she would do something really spectacular with regard to color choice! It is nice to hear someone else gets nervous. Everything I make usually either boils over, burns or turns out hard as a hockey puck ahahaha! Merry Christmas to you too!