December 17, 2016

Christmas is almost here—but we figure there’s always the time (and the need) for a few last-minute recipes before the big day.

These snowflakes are Karen’s simple sugar cookies. Feel free to use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or  you could use Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough from the refrigerator case, just add a little extra flour for rolling them.

Roll out the dough and cut out 4-inch snowflake shapes. Bake them till golden.

While they bake and are cooling, prepare royal frosting for the decorations. We use a pretty standard recipe for royal frosting: 1 pound 10x sugar plus 2 tablespoons meringue powder and 5 to 6 tablespoons water. Beat until well blended.

Then, pipe royal icing along the arms of each snowflake and add little flourishes and swirls for fun. Because it hardens, royal frosting makes it possible to stack the decorated cookies on a platter without messing them up!

While the icing is still wet, sprinkle them with decorating sugar. Feel free to use any color sugar.

Mmm-mmmm. They taste good, look good—and they make the house smell delicious.

karens xmas cookies 2Merry Christmas,

Karen and Alan

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