Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rolled Chocolate Snowflake Cookies

As much as I hate the snow and cold, I absolutely love snowflakes. I think they're so beautiful and when you decorate with snowflakes, you can leave them up until spring! Even my wedding was all decked out in snowflakes!
So when I decided to actually make some sugar cookies to decorate, I saw in williams sonoma they used flower shaped cookie cutters and piped a snowflake on them. I love the whimsical feel with the blue and silver dragees. I think these are my favorite christmas cookie of all the ones I made!

Rolled Chocolate Snowflake Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
7 teaspoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

additional powdered sugar, for rolling

White Royal Icing
Blue Flooded Royal Icing
Silver Dragees
White Crystal Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 375.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Cream butter with sugar on medium speed until light, about 2 minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.
Gradually add flour mixture and blend well.
Gather dough into a ball and wrap in plastic.
Refrigerate 2 hours, until firm.
Using half of dough at a time, roll out a 1/4 inch thick on sugar sprinkled counter.
Cut out cookies and then lift with spatula onto sheets, leaving about 1 1/2" between cookies.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until cookies are firm and edges are just starting to brown.
Remove to wire rack to cool.

Pipe outside border with white.
Flood center with blue icing (I like to use a candy melting squeeze bottle)
Let dry.
Pipe on snowflake, place dragee in middle, sprinkle with white crystal sprinkles.
Let dry for 4 hours before bagging.


Tammi said...

I love these-I think they are my favorite too! Could you explain the "flooded royal icing" and how to "flood" the cookie with it? Also, do you use the Wilton icing recipes? Thanks!

Laura P. said...

just wanted to tell you that those cookies are gorgeous! : )

Kelly said...

Those are quite festive. I love that you used the flower cookie cutter. What a great way to get a snowflake effect without having to get yet another cookie cutter.

Joelen said...

Beautiful job!... *almost* too pretty to eat! :)