Sugar Christmas Snow Cookies

Assorted shapes of decorated sugar Christmas snow cookies.

All cold-weather countries revel in the baking that goes with Christmas and New Year festivities. I have Swedish friends who start preparing for Christmas right at the beginning of December; I suppose it is a way of getting through the darkness. Here are sugar Christmas cookies from the plethora baked every year.–Diana Henry

LC What Exactly Is a Christmas Snow Cookie? Note

Seems we each have an idea of what a sugar cookie ought to be. We have a hunch this is determined, in large part, by the cookies snitched from the baking sheet when our mom’s back was turned. As for what to expect from these Sugar Christmas Snow Cookies? They’re thin. They’re delicate. They’re tender. They’re browned ever so slightly at the edges. And they’re imbued with the sweet, sweet loveliness of butter. Think of them as shortbread all gussied up in the guise of a sugar cookie.

Sugar Christmas Cookie

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  • 25 M
  • 35 M
  • Makes about 24 cookies
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  • For the sugar cookies
  • For the icing


Make the sugar cookies

Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, sugar, and salt on medium-low until very well combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg yolk and vanilla, if using, until thoroughly combined.

Reduce the mixer to the lowest speed, add the flour, and mix until the dough holds together. Turn the dough out on a lightly, lightly floured work surface, knead it gently a few times until the dough takes on an even, smooth consistency. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate it overnight. (The overnight chilling is a crucial step, ensuring the dough remains moist and, in turn, doesn’t crumble when you roll it out.)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature to soften slightly so it’s malleable but is still cool to the touch. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen and the dough, this could take as much as 20 minutes, give or take a few.

Lightly flour the work surface and a rolling pin and carefully roll the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. If the dough starts to crack, let it sit a few minutes more. If it’s too soft, slide it back in the fridge until firmer. Stamp out cookies with a variety of cookie cutters (we’re partial to stars, dandy candy canes, and bells) and place them on a baking sheet. (A thin metal spatula helps if the dough proves stubborn and sticks to the work surface.) Bake until golden and edged in brown, about 8 minutes. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.

Make the icing

Meanwhile dump the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl and add enough vodka or water and lemon juice to make an icing that you can drizzle. It’s the right consistency when you can scoop some up on the tines of a fork and it drops in a slow but steady stream. For a fancy schamcy look, you can use a classic piping bag or a zip-top bag with a bit of the corner cut off in order to make designs, such as swirls, zigzags and star bursts.

Drizzle the icing on the cookies. Set aside for a few minutes to let the icing set. Then tuck in. Find information on storing your cookies here.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

The Snow Cookies were a delightfully tender little shortbread cookie. We couldn’t describe the taste of the vodka in the glaze, but it paired beautifully with the lemon juice. The glaze was tangy and delicious. After the glaze set-up, the cookies could be stacked (perfect for gift giving or shipping). The cookies were melt-in-your-mouth good! I will definitely keep this recipe around for Christmas and all year long baking!

Prepare for your new favorite tea cookie. A thin, delicate little cookie with a buttery richness and bright lemon glaze, these cookies are almost as easy to make as they are to eat. My boyfriend and I fought over the final cookie in the tin last night. I won, but only after promising to make another batch! I didn’t have vodka and used water for the glaze instead. It worked great. I added lemon zest to the icing for a little color and additional lemon flavor. I would do so again. I found that letting the glaze sit for five minutes after making made the powdered-sugar sweetness mellow a bit and let the lemon shine through. It may be considered sacrilege in Sweden, but I think these cookies are endlessly adaptable. I have my sights set on adding a bit of chopped chocolate to the dough next time and a small drizzle of strong coffee to the icing. I’ll be adding these to my holiday baking to-do list for sure!

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