Royal Icing {recipe} SnowFlake Cookies

The holidays are HERE!! A time when adults can stop being so serious, and indulge childlike wonder and enjoyment of the world. That also means a time of unadulterated TREATS!

I was so excited when my good friend Amanda asked if I could make some cookie treats to cheer up another friend .  She decided on snowflakes!

I was thrilled to try out my new copper snowflake cookie cutter I got while visiting the Culinary Institute last month and I knew I would have no trouble decorating since Bridget gives such fabulous step-by-step instructions on how to decorate a snowflake cookie with Royal Icing.  The one thing I did differently than Bridget……I used a #3 tip.  I find that I can control the outlines and design much easier with the #3 since it’s a little larger than the #2.

Snowflake Cookies

Amanda thought blue and white would be a nice touch rather than the traditional all white snowflake, and I just love how the color combination turned out!  I used pearl dust instead of sanding sugar, and I wasn’t thrilled with it… hardly shows up.  So when I do snow flakes again, I’ll use sanding sugar for sure, because Bridget says too! haha

Almond Butter Cookie

Royal Icing

should cover 2-3 dozen 3.5 inch cookies in 2 colors


  • 4 TBSP meringue powder (I use CK meringue powder)
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar (SIFTED)
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • few drops clear extract (optional) I usually add a little vanilla & a little almond


  1. Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 mins at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 mins at high speed with a hand-held mixer)


helpful video on how to make royal icing I also like to use this 20 second rule for icing consistency for some of my cookies


A few days after I made these cookies I found another use for the left over Royal Icing!

I almost always have left over icing, and I usually put it in an air tight container and stick it in the fridge, and throw it out a week later because I don’t use it! lol  Sometimes I wonder why I bother……….until this past weekend.

Allison had a biology project to turn in.  She needed to make a 3D model of a plant cell.

We bought clay.

We sat and starred at the clay……….and at the book/picture……… the clay……….at the book.

Then Allison said, the teacher said we can use cake!


So we brainstormed, and we did a little online searching…………and we came up with THIS!

Plant Cell cake 3D project

We made a small cake and 12 cupcakes.

We used 3 cupcakes and chocolate frosting to make a giant cake ball, then covered it in white candy melts with a little purple food gel for the nucleus.

For the rest of the parts we used royal icing in several colors (dries hard so it worked great!), fondant , glitter icing, gummy worms,  sour patch straws and nonpareils.


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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

46 Responses to “Royal Icing {recipe} SnowFlake Cookies”

  1. Liz @ Blog is the New black posted on November 30, 2010 at 7:16 am (#)

    Gorgeous cookies! :)

  2. Amanda posted on November 30, 2010 at 7:35 am (#)

    Love the cookies.. and the CAKE!!! AMAZING!! You have got some pretty awesome creative genes in your family!!!


  3. Rhondi posted on November 30, 2010 at 8:07 am (#)

    Those are very pretty snowflake cookies. I just bought a set of snowflake cookie cutters so my girls could make them for our family. I will use your tips to help us decorate. And that’s a hard project! But ya’ll pulled it off beautifully. Cake is more fun to play with than clay.

  4. bridget {bake at 350} posted on November 30, 2010 at 8:24 am (#)

    “because Bridget says too! haha”…..yes, Cheryl….always do as I say, LOL

    Your cookies are BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the blue and white!

    And the cake is SUCH a fun idea! I LOVE it! I hope she made an A!!!

  5. Cookbook Queen posted on November 30, 2010 at 8:56 am (#)

    Sooooo pretty!! I love them!! :)

    I came right over as soon as I saw the PW tweet–are ya’ll besties now, or what? So jealous!!

    I think the pearl dust looks very pretty, I myself am a fan of the Disco Dust. It’s super sparkly!!

  6. SMITH BITES posted on November 30, 2010 at 9:45 am (#)

    beautiful Cheryl – particularly love the color of that frosting . . .

  7. Diane {} posted on November 30, 2010 at 10:59 am (#)

    I love snowflake cookies, I think they were the first cookies I ever decorated :) and that cutter is my favorite one. Love the colors! Great cell project, looks like a A.

  8. naomi posted on November 30, 2010 at 11:15 am (#)

    Holy snow flakes, these are beautiful! I love the color combo. And great use of left over royal icing.

  9. Jenny posted on November 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm (#)

    Those snowflake cookies are gorgeous!

    Cool cake!

  10. Kathia posted on November 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm (#)

    Your cookies came out really cute! I love the color blue on snow flakes cookies.

  11. Kristen posted on November 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm (#)

    Those are the prettiest cookies, ever! Love them, Cheryl.

  12. Paula posted on November 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm (#)

    Who says baking isn’t a science! Great work on the project Allison and Cheryl, fantastic work on the snowflake cookies. So pretty.

  13. meaghan (the decorated cookie) posted on December 1, 2010 at 7:17 am (#)

    Oh, that cell cake is amazing! I can’t wait til my 3 year old has science projects and we can use sugary things. And I’m off to check off the tumblr how-tos! I need ’em.

  14. Julie Bagamary posted on December 1, 2010 at 11:17 am (#)

    Gorgeous cookies!!!

  15. Pink Martinis and Pearls posted on December 1, 2010 at 11:27 am (#)

    Love your snowflakes Cheryl. We must have been on the same wave length yesterday as I posted about them too. Like minds. :)

    My guys also had to make the cell using all candy. I thought this was only in our neck of the woods. I can tell you time consuming projects are one thing I don’t miss about my boys getting older. Good job mom!

  16. teresa posted on December 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm (#)

    These are my FAVORITE cookies you have ever made!
    Love the blue!
    If I saw these in a little bakery…I’d have to take home a dozen or so!
    Well done!
    And I’m with you on that #3 tip! xo

  17. Lora @cakeduchess posted on December 2, 2010 at 5:41 am (#)

    I LOVE your snowflake cookies! They are gorgeous! Congrats on the Top 9 today:)

  18. marla {family fresh cooking} posted on December 2, 2010 at 6:42 am (#)

    Yes these cookies are beautiful & thanks for sharing the “tips!” with us. Great job on your daughter’s project too. Gotta check out your Tumbler tutorial now. :)

  19. Veronique Deblois posted on December 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm (#)

    Super cookies! I’d love for you to enter this recipe in my contest, 12 Cookies of Christmas:

  20. briarrose posted on December 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm (#)

    These are so beautiful. Wonderful job.

  21. Sara @ Mom Endeavors posted on December 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm (#)

    Ha! Too funny to see a post about a cell project. This is the first year (of the last 7) that I haven’t been a science teacher and I assigned an edible cell project to my honors classes each year! Nicely done with the cupcake nucleus! :)

  22. Dana posted on December 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm (#)

    Cute cookies, almost too cute to eat!

  23. Cindy Rippe posted on December 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm (#)

    Love the snowflake cookies. I usually take the shortcut and draw the snowflake on to a round cookie. These are so pretty!

  24. Charlie - Attempting Aloha posted on December 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm (#)

    These look divine!! I’m featuring them as Day 18 of my Blue and Silver Christmas.

    Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,


  25. Ashley posted on December 11, 2010 at 12:02 am (#)

    Those snowflakes are adorable. I really need to try my hand at making royal icing. The cookies just come out so beautiful.
    I would be thrilled if you could link these up at our Cookie Party.
    Here is the link:

  26. Phantasma posted on December 13, 2010 at 10:01 am (#)

    I *love* the shape of those cookies! I can’t seem to find a cutter that I like. Might you have a link to where I can get beautifully pointy snowflake cutters?? These are gorgeous!


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