Gingerbread Snowflakes

Give gingerbread cutouts a new look! These adorable snowflakes are simply decorated with powdered sugar icing and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Gingerbread Snowflakes with powdered sugar icing
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
50 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
24 to 48 cookies


  • ½ cup shortening

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup molasses

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing (optional) (recipe, p. xx)

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 tablespoon milk


  1. In a large bowl beat shortening and butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add next seven ingredients (through salt); beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar. Beat in flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3- to 4-inch snowflake cookie cutter, cut out dough, rerolling scraps as needed. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove; cool on wire racks. If desired, decorate cookies with Powdered Sugar Icing.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  1. In a medium bowl stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk (3 to 4 tablespoons) to make drizzling consistency.

Snow Flurries

A light dusting of powdered sugar over cookies and bars is both lovely and easy to do. Simply spoon the powdered sugar into a sieve held over a bowl. Tap the sieve gently as you move it over the cookies, letting the sugar shower down. Avoid stacking, handling, or moving the cookies excessively after sprinkling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 29.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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