How to make a snowflake cookie recipe flavored with gingerbread spices and a beautiful royal icing decoration. This cookie recipe is delicious with a soft and gingerbread-flavored texture and is perfect for holiday gift-giving or family treats.
Why you'll love this recipe
When comes to the holiday season, everyone loves to make lots of decorated Christmas sugar cookies to give as gifts like this delicious gingerbread snowflake sugar cookies recipe.
This snowflake cookie recipe with its pretty sugar icing is made with gingerbread-flavored cookie dough, which is a spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
This mix of gingerbread spices gives a delicious flavor to these sugar cookies, which also have a soft texture, different from the classic Christmas sugar cookies recipe.
These cookies have a pretty snowflake shape, cut out with different snowflake cookie cutters and they are decorated with homemade royal icing which is very easy to make and ready in 5 minutes.
So put on your apron to make these snowflake cookies that will be perfect for a decoration party with the kids during the Christmas holidays.
Ingredients you need for this recipe
Here are the ingredients you will need to make these cookies with possible substitutions, scroll down the page to see the quantities of the ingredients in the recipe card.
Gingerbread sugar cookie dough
- Butter: use unsalted butter, which must have a softened texture. Heat it lightly in the microwave if you didn't have time to take it out in advance.
- Sugar: preferably flavored sugar such as brown sugar or cane sugar.
- Egg: at room temperature
- Molasses: A must for gingerbread, but you can replace it with a mixture of honey and maple syrup.
- Flour: All-purpose white wheat flour, which can be replaced by another flour or a gluten-free flour mix.
- Spices: use a gingerbread mix or cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves spices or my homemade pumpkin pie spice.
- Yeast: Use baking soda or baking powder.
- Vanilla extract and salt: To flavor and bring out all the taste. You can add other flavors like almond extract or lemon extract.
- Powdered sugar: A very fine sugar like powdered sugar, icing sugar or confectioners sugar to have a very smooth icing without grains.
- Water: You can replace it with lemon juice.
- Food coloring: Optionally you can add color by coloring the icing with gel food coloring.
⚠️ You will find the quantities and complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the page.
How to make Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies
1 - Gingerbread cookies
Cream butter and sugar
- Place softened butter and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.
- Add egg, vanilla extract, and molasses (or honey and maple syrup) and mix again with a mixer for a good minute to incorporate.
Tip: You can make also the dough in a stand mixer with a flat spatula to make the whole recipe.
Add dry ingredients
- Then add the dry ingredients, flour, spices, baking soda, and salt, previously mixed together and sifted.
- And mix again with a mixer or by hand and just enough to obtain a homogeneous dough ball.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Tip: To go faster you can roll out the dough directly between 2 sheets of parchment paper and place it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 347°F / 175°C and prepare a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
- Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 3-4 mm.
- Cut out snowflake shapes with a snowflake cookie cutter and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are slightly puffed and lightly golden.
- Remove the cookies and let them cool slightly on the baking sheet before moving them to a cake rack to cool completely.
Tip: To get perfect cookie shapes with the cookie cutter, place the baking sheet with the cutout cookies in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking.
2 - Cookies icing
- Place sifted powdered sugar and water in a large bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer on high speed for 4-5 minutes until white and fluid.
- Put the icing in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip 2 or cut a very small opening.
- And decorate your baked cookies by making designs on the top.
- Immediately sprinkle on powdered sugar and remove excess.
- Let the decorated snowflake cookies dry for about 1 hour to harden the icing.
Tip: The icing should be thick and slightly fluid if its texture is too compact add a few drops of water and if on the contrary it is too liquid then add more powdered sugar.
Snowflake cookies can only be stored at room temperature in an airtight container box for up to 1-2 weeks.
Royal icing does not support humidity, so iced cookies cannot be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
But you can freeze the sugar cookies without the icing for up to 3 months in the freezer placed in storage bags or in a box. Let them thaw gently at room temperature.
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