These Cardamom Coconut Snowflake Cookies are sure to get you on the nice list. With a soft & spiced wintery cookie base, topped with chewy, naturally sweet shredded coconut bejeweled with crunchy sparkling sugar, they are truly a gift.
Everybody has their holiday traditions. Trimming the tree the day after Thanksgiving. Making fried potatoes latkes from scratch. Getting dressed in your Christmas best and heading out for a celebratory night of Nutcrackers and nog. Or just settling in for a pajama-clad holiday movie marathon.
I may not be known for my enthusiastic Christmas spirit but there is one tradition I hold near and dear to my heart. An epic week of baking holiday cookies!
It's a whole production, I prep all of my cookie doughs, chill, roll, cut and freeze. Then use every baking sheet from here to the North Pole to bake them all off while watching Scrooged on repeat.
Then I recruit my husband and friends to help with the tedious task of decorating because I am utterly exhausted at that point. We drink spiked spiced cider and watch Die Hard and Christmas Vacation while decorating my classic Christmas Movie Cookies. Sometimes we make Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies.
I pass the task of drawing the faces on the Gingerbread Coconut Llama Cookies over to Dayn while I add their fluffy coconut coat. It's a blast and I cherish those creative and relaxing moments. But after a day of applying royal icing, my hands start to cramp up and I need something easy to make.
They look fancy, but are very simple to make
The Snowflake Cookies are all glitzed up and look just as fancy as their royally iced brethren. However, they get all glammed in a fraction of the time it takes to pipe frosted corncobs. These aren't your run of the mill shortbread cookies or dime a dozen sugar cookies. The sugar cookie base is a laden with spicy cardamom based off my super popular Big Pink Cookies recipe.
Key ingredients make these cookies unique
- Cardamom scents the dough with a distinct warmth that pairs perfectly with the coconut topping.
- Vanilla extract flavors the cardamom cookies with that classic sugar cookie nostalgia.
- Almond extract adds pairs up with vanilla, adding an intriguing flavor that gives the sugar cookies even more dimension and personality. Cardamom makes an appearance in both the cookies and icing here for extra winter warmth.
- Orange zest is added to the basic sugar cookie dough, brightening up the spiced cardamom flavor.
- Orange juice is used in the simple icing, giving the topping a note of fresh citrus.
- Shredded coconut flocks these snowflake cookies with festive flair! Adding tons of flavor, texture and personality! I prefer to use unsweetened shredded coconut but you can flock with whatever you feel.
- Sparkling sugar gets blended in with the coconut topping, creating a sparkling sprinkle of glitz and glam.
The Cardamom Sugar Cookie dough is the ideal dough for those holiday cookie cutters.
Because this Cardamom Sugar Cookie dough is so pliable, it rolls smooth and easy. But, it's also a super stable cookie dough. Which makes it the perfect sugar cookie dough for shaping and cutting cookies. This dream dough cuts with crisp, sharp edges that hold up to the heat of the oven.
Freeze the dough solid
Think of the freeze stage as a cookie shape insurance policy. Baking these Cardamom Sugar Cookies from frozen helps the cookies maintain their sharp edges as they bake with minimal spread. Place the cookies close together on a lined baking sheet to freeze. Just 20-30 minutes in the freezer is enough the firm the cookies up before baking! Freeze them while you clean you your mess and prep the icing.
Cut sugar cookies and be frozen for up to 3 months
Once the cut sugar cookies are frozen, transfer them to a freezer proof bag or container. When sealed tightly, they an be stored in the freezer up to 3 months! Then when you are ready, bake them straight from frozen. It may require a couple extra minutes of bake time, so be sure you are keep an eye on the cookies as they bake.
Decorating with coconut & sparkling sugar
In keeping with the easy theme, these sugar cookies use a simple decorating technique. A quick icing is made by whisking together powdered sugar, juice of an orange and a dash of cardamom. The snowflake cookies are dipped in the icing. Then they take a plunge into a mix of shredded coconut and sparkling sugar. That's it! So easy.
Soft & spiced sugar cookies with a chewy, sparkling topping. What's not to love?
These Cardamom Coconut Snowflake Cookies have sugar, spice and everything nice. They have a soft and tender bite but keep their shape when baked. Easily decorated with a chewy, sparkly coconut topping. They are a winter wonder of a sugar cookie. Plus, they are as easy to make as they are beautiful to look at.
Santa knows if you've been bad or good so be sure to bribe him with a batch of these Cardamom Coconut Snowflake Cookies this Christmas Eve.
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