I am sharing my recipe for the perfect sugar cookie again this season, but getting a little more festive with iced snowflakes. You do not need to be a professional baker to make a cookie look great - just a few simple tips and a willingness to have some fun! The good news is there's no right or wrong when it comes to decorating. So be creative and enjoy!

Confectioners Sugar Icing

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


In a small mixing bowl whisk sugar, milk, and vanilla until well combined and smooth. The icing should be medium consistency (not too thin or thick), add additional milk or sugar as needed to reach desired consistency. Spoon icing into resealable sandwich bags and place into refrigerator about 15-20 minutes prior to decorating cookies.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

  • Snowflake sugar cookies (cooled)
  • Confectioners sugar icing
  • Bright white sparkling sugar (optional)
  • Resealable sandwich bags


Before decorating, ensure cookies are completely cooled and icing has chilled for about 15 minutes. To decorate, create a "piping bag" by pushing the icing into a corner of the bag and make a small snip with scissors. I like to practice a few lines on a plate or piece of parchment paper before starting on a cookie. Ice each cookie by creating snowflake designs with lines and dots. Sprinkle lightly with the white sparkling sugar (optional) and set aside to dry. Enjoy! I promise they won't last long.

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