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Looking for new cookie recipes to go on your rotation this Christmas? Look no further, for these are the cookies to end all cookies.

Well, actually, these cookies are the ones that are ended most quickly of all the ones I make, so I guess that actually makes them “the cookies to spare all other cookies”.

Like snowflakes they’re aptly named after, they literally melt in your mouth and taste so, so good!
Nobody will ever know how easy it is to make them. I found the recipe on a German cooking website called Marions Kochbuch. She has a plethora of gorgeous pictures and great, traditional and modern, recipes over there. But this one really knocks it out of the park!

Snowflake Cookies

  • ¾ cups plus 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar, divided
  • ⅓ cups plus 1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour
  • 1-½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon cold Water
  • 1 whole Egg White, for decorating
  • ¼ cups Sugar, for decorating

This recipe yields about 60 cookies.

Cream together butter and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Knead in flour, cornstarch, and vanilla. Add the cold water and knead quickly until the dough is firm. Wrap it in cling film and put into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C). Line two cookie sheets with baking paper.

From the dough, form small balls (about the size of a cherry) and place them on the cookie sheets. Leave a little space between individual cookies since they will spread out a little (but not a lot).

Bake them in the middle of the oven for about 10 minutes. You want them to be just a little bit browned at the bottom, but not at the top. Take them out of the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets. They will harden a bit.

For the icing, beat the egg white until stiff peaks form and mix in the rest of the powdered sugar. You will now have a pipe-able icing which you can fill, one or two tablespoonfuls at a time, into a piping bag with a very fine tip (it’s best to make your own out of a piece of parchment paper and cut off just the very tip). Pipe small snowflake (or other) patterns onto the cookies and immeadiately sprinkle with sugar – the cookies will sparkle like real snowflakes!

Store them in an airtight container.

I am happy to report that I have NO idea how long they will keep under normal circumstances in a disciplined household!

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