Find inspiration for your winter cookie decorating with this tutorial for buttercream snowflake sugar cookies. Today we’ll go over all the supplies and piping tips needed to complete this set!
First of all, you’ll need a good sugar cookie and buttercream recipe to get started! Head over to my Soft and Chewy Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe to read through everything you’ll need to know for a successful batch. For this set, one batch of my cookie dough and frosting created about 9 of the larger snowflakes, and 12 small/medium sized snowflakes.
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Check out this quick peak at my photo staging process for this set!
My buttercream recipe does have an off white tint to it as is, but if you’d like a more true white you can add a TINY tiny amount of blue or violet to help cancel out the yellow shade. Go as small as you can when adding color because it’s easy to add too much and end up with blue frosting.
Let’s talk about supplies! The cool thing about snowflakes is the vast variety you can create with minimal piping tips. Rather than color being your contrast, it’s all about the texture! Just like in nature, it’s fun to create each one with a unique design as you go.
For this set, I used a #4 piping tip, a #21 , white pearl sprinkles, clear chunky sanding sugar, and white non pareil sprinkles. I’ll link them here!
For the first technique, let’s look over this vintage looking sprinkle design. It’s giving me old school doily vibes. This was piped with a #4 tip, and dipped in white non pareils.
Next up we have this buttercream cutout design! Spread out (or roll out with parchment) an even layer of buttercream on a parchment lined baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Then use a cookie cutter to cut your shape, and carefully press out onto the cookie!
TIP: Make sure your buttercream is frozen all the way through. You may have to pop it back in the fridge and work on a few shapes at a time.
Next, check out this one tip piping design! Everything was done with a #4 piping tip, and garnished with white pearl sprinkles.
For the next snowflake, use a #4 tip to pipe an outline all the way around the cookie. Then, pipe back and forth across the entire cookie to fill in the background. Layer on the snowflake design of your choosing on the top.
This cookie also uses a #4 tip, but sticks with a more geometric design!
The next three incorporate more piping with a #4 tip and garnishing with sanding sugar or edible pearls.
There were a few others we could feature, but we’ll close out on this last snowflake using a #21 tip!
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope this post provided some winter cookie decorating inspiration for you! Let me know in the comments which one was YOUR favorite design. Happy baking!