Winter Solstice Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Yule is a favorite holiday of many. The chance to gather with friends and family spreading joy, kindness, and a sense of wonder. Yule is the longest night of the year and adding some fun to it just seems right. This year gather around the fire and enjoy these Winter Solstice Snowflake Sugar Cookies with a cup of hot cocoa.

I was in Walmart with my husband picking up some odds and ends we needed for the house and took a stroll through the Christmas section to see what I could find. I stumbled across these Wilton Snowflake Cookie Cutters and knew I needed to snag them to make a treat for the kids.

I decided to make some rolled sugar cookies and pulled out my recipe from back when my husband was in the army. These take the traditional rolled sugar cookies add a touch more vanilla for flavor and dust with sugar rather than flour to ensure the sweetness isn’t ruined by a coating of flour. Sometimes when I make them I add just a hint of ground cinnamon to add a touch of flavor and take advantage of this herb that attracts money.

Easy Rolled Sugar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups softened unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar (for rolling)

Directions

Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. I used the paddle attachment on the Kitchenaid and let it run while I cracked eggs into a bowl and prepped the other ingredients.

Beat in eggs and vanilla. If you are adding a dash of cinnamon this is a perfect time. 

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. 

Cover and chill for at least one hour or overnight.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

Roll out chilled cookie dough using sugar for dusting to prevent sticking. This gives a better flavor to sugar cookies than using a dusting of flour. 

Cut with snowflake cookie cutters and layout of a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 for 6 to 8 minutes until the edges are golden and the center is still soft.

Allow to fully cool before frosting as desired.  

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons milk

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl mix sugar and vanilla together. Slowly add milk in one teaspoon at a time mixing until you have no lumps. 

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Test that your icing is right by drizzling lines in the bowl. If they take a moment to sink back in your mixture is perfect. If it sinks in right away add a bit more powdered sugar to stiffen it up a bit.