Snowflake Stack Cookies

Stack star-cutout cookies in three sizes to create these layered snowflake cookies. Add blue and white nonpareils for a decorative touch.

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  • Makes: about 100 3-inch cookies
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Bake: 7 mins 350°F per batch

Snowflake Stack Cookies

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, milk, vanilla, and almond extract until combined. Beat in the ground almonds and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough about 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness.Using 2-inch, 3-inch, and 4-inch star-shape cookie cutters, cut dough into an equal number of 2-, 3-, and 4-inch stars. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

To decorate:

  1. Outline and flood cookies with glaze-consistency white Royal Icing. While icing is still wet, sprinkle cookies with blue and/or white nonpareils; let stand until set. Stack stars in sets of three, one of each size, offsetting points. Use a small amount of frosting to secure cookies.

From the Test Kitchen

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Royal Icing

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined; beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing is very stiff. If not using right away, cover bowl with a damp paper towel and cover paper towel with plastic wrap; chill for up to 48 hours.

From the Test Kitchen

**Tip:

Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.

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Nutrition Facts (Snowflake Stack Cookies )

  • Per serving:
  • 86 kcal ,
  • 4 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 14 mg chol. ,
  • 41 mg sodium ,
  • 12 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 9 g sugar ,
  • 1 g pro.
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