- In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, sour cream, egg, vanilla, lemon and/or lime peels, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until easy to handle.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Use assorted snowflake cookie cutters or a sharp knife dipped in flour to cut dough into snowflake designs. Use hors d'oeuvre cutters or straws to cut random holes in the cutout shapes so they resemble snowflakes. Use a straw to cut half-circles from the edges to flute them. Using a wide spatula, place cookies about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with various sugars or glitter, if desired.
- Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. If desired, when cookies are cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
From the Test Kitchen
To Present This As a Gift:
You will need a white paint pen; small white box, approximately 8x8 inches; white glitter; and cellophane. To draw the snowflakes on the box, using the paint pen, first make an X, then add a third horizontal line through the X, making a basic snowflake shape. Add tiny lines or dots onto each line. Draw snowflakes on the entire box lid top and sides. Paint small random dots between the snowflakes. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle white glitter onto the painted motifs. Let dry. Line box and cover cookies with cellophane.
Also Try This:
Use this same technique on a solid-color cookie tin to make another special presentation for your sweet treats.
Nutrition Facts (Citrus Snowflakes)
- Per serving:
- 87 kcal cal.,
- 5 g fat
- (2 g sat. fat,
- 13 mg chol.,
- 44 mg sodium,
- 10 g carb.,
- 0 g fiber,
- 1 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet