Servings: 20 Prep 10 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 12 mins


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Royal Icing
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered egg whites (see Note)
  • Sparkling sugar

Make It


1. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in a large bowl until blended. Stir in flour mixture. Gather into a ball; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 2 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough with a lightly floured rolling pin on a floured surface to 3/8 -inch thickness. Cut with 4-inch snowflake cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, until just browned at edges. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.


3. In a medium-size bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, powdered egg whites and 2 tablespoons cool water. Beat on high with an electric mixer for 5 minutes, adding more water as needed for good piping consistency. Divide in half; transfer one half to a pastry bag fitted with a small writing tip. Thin remaining half with a little bit of water (to make a base coat). Spread some of the cookies with thinned icing (see sample above); let dry. Pipe decorations on cookies with thicker icing; sprinkle with sugar. Let icing dry 1 hour before stacking cookies.


  • Look for powdered egg whites in your store's baking section or order meringue powder from

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 20; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 153, Fat, total (g): 5, chol. (mg): 34, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 25, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.