Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gingerbread Snowflakes

Now that Christmas is approaching, I love holiday baking with fragrant spices. These gingerbread snowflakes are my favorite holiday cookies. I also give them as gifts every year since they look so lovely decorated with royal icing, white sanding sugar, and silver dragées.

Gingerbread Snowflake Recipe
{Adapted from Martha Stewart}

6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
4 tsp. ground ginger
4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1½ tsp. ground cloves
¾ tsp. black pepper
1½ tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 cup unsulfured molasses
Sanding sugar or dragées, for decoration

Royal Icing
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

For the cookies, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl; set aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add spices, pepper, salt, eggs, and molasses. Mix until combined. Add flour mixture 2 cups at a time, mixing until each addition is incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic, and chill for 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Dust surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough to ¼ inch thick {so the cookies will stay chewy}. Cut with snowflake cutters, and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Let cool completely.

For the royal icing, in a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and water {about ¼-½ cup} with a spoon to reach desired consistency. Place in pastry bag with a small round tip or fill plastic bag and cut off corner. Pipe edges with thick icing to create a border. Then, add more water to the icing to fill in the center {it should be runny to create a smooth surface}. Sprinkle with sanding sugar or silver dragées. Voilà, cookies almost too good to eat, but you will.


  1. Finally the secrets are revealed

  2. These are seriously some of the prettiest little Christmas cookies I have seen yet! I always get so tired when it comes time to decorate that my frosting gets a bit sloppy! Merry Christmas!

  3. wow - these are gorgeous!! i'm not sure i could quite pull these off!

  4. What a beautiful cookie! I love your photos too! Merry Christmas!!!

  5. Wow! Those cookies are soooo beautiful Tiffany. You wish you can just grab them and eat them. I'm going to try and make them. Marcellus loves Gingerbread cookies.