Well it's snowing quite a bit in Justin's hometown in Minnesota but these are the only kind of snowflakes we're having. I made these gingerbread cookies both as decorations and to eat!
These snowflake cookie cutters are available online and I love how they came with mini-cutters to make your own lacy patterns.
I made three batches of this recipe. I found it to be easy to roll and it doesn't have a big chill step.
When using these intricate tiny cutters, I recommend cutting out the larger cookie, transferring it to the parchment covered cookie sheet, and cutting the inner cutouts directing on the sheet. This way, you won't have to transfer the lacy cookie and deform the shape.
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, I frosted them with royal icing using meringue powder. Click here for the "outline" consistency recipe I used. I always adjust the water as necessary such the icing is as think or as thick as needed. I used white sanding sugar, which can be hard to find this time of year. I recommend stocking up in advance.
I also used nonpareils which looked a lot like snow!
Inspired by our previous bat-mobile experiment, I decided to hang some of these cookies with ribbon from our chandelier. These would also make excellent Christmas tree ornaments.
Here's a close-up. The royal icing becomes very hard and can last a long time!
Here are a few of the other patterns I made. They really turned out to be quite lovely. Hope you are having a lovely holiday!