Snowflake Sugar Cookies – My Baking Addiction
Looking for an easy way to decorate sugar cookies this winter? These snowflake sugar cookies are made with cold-free sugar cookie dough and simple buttercream frosting. They are beautiful but easy to make and decorate! This post is sponsored by Challenge butter. Please continue to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible. I'll […]

Looking for an easy way to decorate sugar cookies this winter? These snowflake sugar cookies are made with cold-free sugar cookie dough and simple buttercream frosting. They are beautiful but easy to make and decorate!

Assorted snowflake sugar cookies on white plates next to cups of coffee

This post is sponsored by Challenge butter. Please continue to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible.

I'll be honest, decorating cookies isn't necessarily my strong suit.

I can freeze the best chocolate cake recipe look nice. I can blowjob homemade buttercream frosting sure funfetti cupcakes all day.

But put me in front of a sugar cookie and a batch of royal icing and it won't look so pretty, okay?

But because I'm also me, I want to be able to do something pretty. I want to be able to make sugar cookies that look like a magazine.

Luckily, I found a way to make beautiful, seasonal sugar cookies that don't require any artistry.

White plates with snowflake sugar cookies scattered on a gray counter


Enter these snowflake sugar cookies.

To make these holiday cookies super easy, I decided to use the same decorated sugar cookie recipe that I used to make my Sugar cookies decorated with Halloween monsters.

Assortment of snowflake shaped cookie cutters arranged on a gray counter

It is true. We use the same cold-free sugar cookie dough and a simple buttercream frosting like we've used before. We save time by skipping the chill time on the cookie dough and keeping you from getting the extra bowls dirty by keeping all the frosting white. Just like the snowflakes!

But we'll get back to decorating in a minute. Let's talk about the flavor of these cookies.

Just because we're using an easy dough and frosting recipe doesn't mean we're going to skimp on flavor. A cookie can be beautiful and easy to make, but if it doesn't taste good, why bother?

Rolled sugar cookie dough, with cutout snowflake shapes

When I make cutout sugar cookies, I want them to have a sweet, buttery flavor. It means I'm reaching my favorite Challenge butter when I put my ingredients together.

Challenge Butter is churned daily from the freshest milk and made without preservatives, fillers or artificial colors, so it adds the best buttery flavor possible to my sugar cookies and frosting. When paired with the sweetness of sugar and pure vanilla extract, the flavor of these snowflake sugar cookies is unbeatable!

Sugar cookie dough cut in the shape of a snowflake on a baking sheet, ready to bake


You only need a handful of things to make these cute snowflake cookies:

  • A batch of my decorated sugar cookie dough
  • A batch of my buttercream frosting
  • Snowflake cookie cutters
  • A set of assorted decorating tips
  • Piping bags
Mixing bowl full of white buttercream frosting

Since snowflakes are white, you don't even need food coloring!

To make these cookies, cut out a variety of snowflake shapes and bake according to the recipe.

Load your icing into a few piping bags equipped with a few different decorating tips. If you don't have a pastry bag, you can cut off the corner of a gallon size zip bag and use it instead!

Snowflake shaped sugar cookies on a rack next to piping bags full of white buttercream frosting

Once the cookies have cooled completely, apply dots of icing on the cookies using the different tips. The different tips will create an assortment of star and dot shapes on the cookies that will look pretty and wintry when the cookie is finished.

If you want to go the extra mile you can sprinkle some frothy white sugar or add some sugar pearls, but I think they look pretty pretty with just the frosting.

Sugar cookies decorated with snowflakes on a rack


If you're making these cute snowflake sugar cookies, you'll probably want to gift them to your friends and neighbors, right?

Let the cookies sit on a wire rack or board for a few hours until the icing is crusted.

You can then wrap them very gently as a gift. If you really want to make sure that none of the frosting is messed up, I would pick up a few large bakery style boxes from your local craft store. Then you can place them side by side in the box and tie it all together with a ribbon.

Snowflake sugar cookies decorated with buttercream frosting laid out on a piece of baking paper

If you must stack the cookies, do so very gently and don't stack them more than 2 high. Otherwise, the weight of the top cookies will break the frosting on the bottom cookies.

You can also arrange a few on a pretty holiday plate and include it in your gift!

Whether you gift these cute snowflake sugar cookies or keep them all to yourself, I hope you enjoy making and decorating them as much as I do.

Snowflake sugar cookie on a white plate next to a cup of coffee


For cookies:

For the icing:

  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) Challenge unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk or heavy cream


Make the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Put aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until blended.
  3. Slowly add the flour and salt, stirring just enough to combine. Turn the dough over on a lightly floured work surface and use your hands to form a disc. Roll out the dough to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges just begin to turn golden. Remove from baking sheets on a wire rack to cool before frosting.

Make the icing:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed for about 6 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the icing sugar and continue beating until everything is combined.
  2. Add the vanilla and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Mix on low speed until moistened.
  3. Add up to an extra tablespoon of heavy cream or milk until desired consistency is achieved. Beat on high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy; about 5 more minutes.
  4. If desired, use gel coloring to color the frosting before spreading or applying the frosting to cooled cookies.

Nutritional information
yield 36 Portion 1 cookie
Quantity per serving Calories 146Total fat 2gSaturated fat 1gTrans fat 0gUnsaturated fats 1gCholesterol 13 mgSodium 9 mgCarbohydrates 32 gFiber 0gSugar 22gProtein 2g

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  • 1 set of decorated sugar cookie dough and icing
  • Snowflake cookie cutters
  • Matching decorating tips
  • Piping bags
  • White decorating sugar (optional)


  1. Cut the cookie dough into a snowflake shape and bake according to recipe directions. Let cool completely.
  2. Prepare the buttercream frosting according to recipe instructions.
  3. Distribute the icing among several piping bags fitted with different decorative tips.
  4. Use the different tips to apply icing to the cookies.
  5. Sprinkle with white decorating sugar, if desired.

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