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Recipe: Snowflake Cut-Out Brownie Cookies (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

Sunday was a day for baking, a wet, dreary December day and close enough to Christmas that I could finally use my new snowflake cookie cutter. Craving chocolate, I looked for traditional cut-outs with a twist and stumbled on an old gem from Deb at one of my favourite food blogs (and books), Smitten Kitchen. She shared this recipe back in 2008 that her mom traditionally made for Hanukah every year. Um, brownies and cookies merged together? Yes, please!

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

And they didn’t disappoint. Jorge said they were “suberb”. Deb didn’t frost hers, but I added an easy cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of icing sugar on top (like snow).

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

The dough was a bit hard to work with as it cracked and crumbled, but it was worth the fuss in the end.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

At any rate, I would definitely recommend these. They’re thick and crunchy at the edges yet slightly soft in the centre (depending on how long you bake them) and it’s fun to break off each of the snowflake points which make for perfect bite-sized pieces. As with most cookies, they’re best with a cup of tea.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose (plain)  flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (225 grams) lightly salted butter, softened 
  • 1 1/2 (300 grams) cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Combine butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa. (I don’t have a mixer, so I did this by hand, but I’d definitely recommend using a mixer if you have one!)

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Form your dough into a nice ball, wrap in plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge for at least an hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 350F / 175C.

Flour a flat surface and roll out your cookie dough till it’s about 1/4 inch thick (or even slightly thicker). I found this easiest to do in small batches.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Break out your favourite cookie cutter shapes, dust the ends in flour and start making stars or snowflakes or trees.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pop your cookies in the oven for anywhere from 8-11 minutes depending on thickness and how soft you want the insides. Keep watch till the edges are firm and centres a bit puffy.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Cool on a wire rack.

They cool pretty quickly, so in the meantime, go ahead and make the frosting. I went with cream cheese, but you can use whichever recipe is your favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine cream cheese and butter, then add icing sugar and vanilla till creamy.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Frost away and shake on a sifted layer of icing “snow” if you wish.

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

Enjoy!

Snowflake Brownie Cookies by Stephanie Sadler

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley Fitzgerad
    December 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    These turned out so perfect! Love love love.

  • Reply
    Art Farm
    December 16, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    These look amazing, Steph! And cream cheese frosting is my favorite! Have you made Smitten Kitchen’s buckeyes? Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. They are so good and addictive. My friends and I jokingly call them crackeyes. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kristin Sadler
    December 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Mmm mmm. I’m definitely going to make these. Delicious and pretty at the same time!

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