Snowflake Cookies


These snowflake cookies are great fun to make and decorate at Christmas. This is my mom's recipe that the kids and I have made for years.

Snowflake Cookies
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
2 dozen

These snowflake cookies are fun, festive, and incredibly easy to make. You'll come back to this snowflake cookie recipe year after year!

Snowflake Cookies Ingredients

You likely already have all the ingredients you'll need to make this snowflake cookie recipe on hand. If not, here's what you'll need to add to your grocery list:

· Sugar: These snowflake cookies start with white sugar.
· Shortening: Shortening (instead of butter) means the cookies won't spread while baking, which ensures they keep their snowflake shape.
· Eggs: Whole eggs add moisture and act as a binding agent, which means it helps hold the dough together.
· Vanilla: A teaspoon of vanilla extract lends complexity. .
· Flour: All-purpose flour creates structure and helps the dough come together.
· Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor of the cookies.

How to Make Snowflake Cookies

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these snowflake cookies:

1. Beat the sugar and shortening. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
2. Add the flour and salt. Stir until combined.
3. Chill the dough in the refrigerator.
4. Roll the dough out and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
5. Bake in a preheated oven until the edges are golden brown.

How to Store Snowflake Cookies

The best way to store snowflake cookies depends on whether or not you've decorated them. Unfrosted snowflake cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Cookies frosted with buttercream can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days, but make sure you add wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.

If you used cream cheese frosting, store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I'm a cookie artist and always searching for a sugar cookie that will hold its shape," says SimplySharziSweets. "This recipe does!"

"I use this recipe every year," according to Maryellen Garcia. "The BEST cookies ever and so fun to decorate. Problem is we eat them way too fast!!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt


  1. Beat sugar and shortening with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat one egg into butter mixture, then beat in remaining eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt; stir until dough is just combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut dough into desired shapes with a cookie cutter and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool briefly on baking sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool completely before decorating.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
9g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 2g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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