Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

Barbara Jordan
Snowflake cookies

Who doesn’t like cookies and milk. We have a tradition of baking snowflake cookies on snow days, which is not terribly original but very tasty. The Snowflake Cookie recipe I use came from an old Southern Living magazine dated December 1989, some things just can not be improved upon. What is great about this recipe is you make the dough ahead of time then you can just give the bowl of dough to your kids and say go to town. You shape the dough with your hands, which can get very messy with small hot hands and then roll it into powered sugar or as they say on Great British Baking show icing sugar. Kids love to get messy then to lick their hands when they are finished, at least you hope they wait until they are finished to lick their hands. Enough talk, let’s just bake.

Snowflake cookie recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4(1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate squares, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 34 cup sifted powdered sugar


  1. Combine sugar, oil, and melted chocolate in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Add about one-fourth of dry mixture at a time to chocolate mixture, mixing after each addition.
  5. Cover and let chill at least 2 hours.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and roll in powdered sugar.
  7. Place cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F.
  9. for 10 to 12 minutes.
  10. Cool on wire racks.

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