These guys were actually cut with a flower cookie cutter, then I piped the icing on in a snowflake pattern. Throw in a few silver dragees and you've got a sparkly snowflake cookie! The icing is a vanilla glace. It dries shiny and stays fairly soft (unlike royal icing), but it still able to be stacked without the cookies sticking to each other. Here is the recipe for the glace icing:
1lb powdered sugar (4 C)
6T whole milk
6T light Corn Syrup
1 t extract (I use vanilla)
With a whisk, combine sugar and milk until smooth. Then stir in corn syrup and extract and desired food coloring.
You can play around with the consistency by adding more milk or powdered sugar. Adding more powdered sugar will give you a consistency that is better for piping. Outline the shape of the cookie with your thicker icing in a piping bag with a small round tip. Then, thin the icing down with a splash of milk. The thinner icing can be spooned into the piped outline and spread out easily to cover the whole cookie.
These were fun to make and some friends that we had over tonight didn't want to eat them because they said they looked too good. I'll count that as success! :)