Chocolate Snowflake Cookies

chocolate snowflake cookies on a serving tray
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
14 min

Makes 3-4 dozen cookies



Basic Icebox Cookie Dough

cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and at room temperature
cup icing sugar, sifted
large egg, at room temperature
tsp vanilla extract
cups all-purpose flour
cup cocoa powder, sifted
tsp salt

Royal Icing

1 ½
tbsp meringue powder
cups icing sugar, sifted
tbsp warm water
Candy dragees and decorator’s sugar, for décor


Step 1

Using electric beaters or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar and start on low speed to work it in, and then increase the speed to medium-high beating until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and beat until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into 2 discs and chill until ready to roll.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 325ºF (160ºC) and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

Step 3

Lightly knead the dough on a lightly floured surface to soften it a little, making it easier to roll without cracking. Roll the dough out to about ¼-inch (6 mm) thick. Use cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes and place them on a baking tray, leaving an inch (2.5 cm) between them. The dough can be re-rolled until it has been used up.

Step 4

Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes, until they lose their shine. Allow the cookies to cool on the trays before decorating.

Step 5

For the royal icing, beat the meringue powder, icing sugar and warm water with electric beaters or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until peaks form (approximately 10 minutes). If not using the icing immediately, cover the surface of the icing with plastic wrap.

Step 6

Spoon the royal icing into a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Pipe the icing onto the cookies and sprinkle with decorator’s sugar and/or add dragées. Allow the cookies to air-dry for at least 2 hours before storing in an airtight container.

Step 7

The cookies will keep up to a week.

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