Snowflake Cookies
 
Materials Needed
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Royal Icing (recipe here)
  • Wilton Gel Food Coloring in Cornflower Blue
  • Water, as needed
  • 3 pastry bags
  • 2 Wilton No. 1 piping tips
  • Squeeze bottle
  • 36 (3⅛-inch) snowflake-shaped Christmas Sugar Cookies (recipe here)
  • Wooden picks
  • Wilton No. 2 piping tip
  • White pearls
  • Tweezers
Instructions
  1. Divide Royal Icing into 3 bowls: 4 cups (720 grams) in the first, 1½ cups (270 grams) in the second, and ½ cup (90 grams) in the third. Cover bowls with a damp paper towel or kitchen towel to keep from drying out.
  2. To the first bowl (4 cups [720 grams]), add cornflower blue food coloring, until a soft blue or desired color is reached. Add water, 1 teaspoon (5 grams) at a time, until border consistency is reached. Place 1 cup (180 grams) in a pastry bag fitted with a very small round tip (Wilton No. 1). To the remaining 3 cups (540 grams), add water, 1 teaspoon (5 grams) at a time, until flood consistency is reached. Place in a large squeeze bottle.
  3. To the second bowl (1½ cups [270 grams]), add water, 1 teaspoon (5 grams) at a time, until border consistency is reached; cover airtight, and set aside.
  4. To the third bowl (½ cup [90 grams]), add cornflower blue food coloring until dark blue or desired color is reached. Add water, 1 teaspoon (5 grams) at a time, until border consistency is reached; cover airtight, and set aside.
  5. Using the light blue border icing, pipe an outline along edges of a cookie. Using light blue flood icing, fill in center. Using a wooden pick, remove any air bubbles and make sure there are no gaps in the icing. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let dry for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Place white border icing in a pastry bag fitted with very small round tip (Wilton No. 1). Place dark blue border icing in a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (Wilton No. 2).
  7. For design 1: Starting at one tip of snowflake, pipe a thin white line to the opposite tip, leaving a rounded end at each tip. Repeat with the remaining tips, making sure each line (there will be 3 total) meets the others in the center. On each line going from the center, pipe 3 “V” shapes with the points going toward the center. Using the dark blue, pipe a small dot between each line (there will be 6) and 1 larger dot in the center, where the white lines meet.
  8. For design 2: Starting at one tip of snowflake, pipe a thin white line to the opposite tip, leaving a rounded end at each tip and making sure to leave space for a dot at each tip. Repeat with the remaining tips, making sure each line (there will be 3 total) meets the others in the center. Pipe smaller lines over the center, between the larger lines (3 total). On each larger line going from the center, pipe 2 “V” shapes with the points going toward the center. Using the dark blue, pipe small dots at each tip of the snowflake; pipe dots between the “V” shapes on each line (1 on each side of the line), and pipe a small dot at the end of the smaller lines coming from the center. Place a white pearl in the center. (Use tweezers for easier placement.) Repeat with remaining cookies. Let dry until hardened, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Notes
Decoration Details: Snowflake Cookies Design #1
Starting at one tip of the snowflake, pipe a thin white line to the opposite tip, leaving a rounded end at each tip. Repeat with the remaining tips, making sure each line (there will be 3 total) meets the others in the center. Like when piping a border, you’ll make a thread of icing that’ll span the expanse of the cookie, only touching down on the cookie with your tip to create the rounded ends.
On each line going from the center, pipe 3 “V” shapes with the points going toward the center. Try to keep the “V” shapes tucked to the main line so that as you pipe more “V” shapes on the other lines, they won’t overlap and touch. 3. Using the dark blue, pipe a small dot between each line (there will be 6) and 1 larger dot in the center, where the white lines meet. Let dry until hardened, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week
Design #2-Design 1 is slightly simpler than design 2, but have similar steps. After making the long bisecting lines mentioned in step 1, you’ll pipe smaller lines over the center, between the larger lines (3 total). Then you’ll pipe 2 “V” shapes at the top of each of the longer lines. A smattering of blue dots fills the empty space, and a pearl sprinkle is placed in the center as a crowning jewel. Use tweezers for exact pearl placement so you keep from accidentally smudging the icing.
Recipe by Bake from Scratch at https://www.bakefromscratch.com/snowflake-cookies/