Snow Globe Shaker Cookies

Prep Time/ Decorating Time
25 Minutes/ 1-2
hours
Cook Time/Dry Time
8-10 Minutes/ 10
hours
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Snow Globe Shaker Cookies
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Snow Globe Shaker Cookies
SweetAmbs
Meet the Chef: Amber

While studying marketing in college, Amber of SweetAmbs Cookies realized that her true passion was decorating cakes and cookies – a profession where she could combine her artistic skills with her love for baking. She went on to obtain a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from The Culinary Institute of America and now entertains millions of viewers with her mesmerizing cookie decorating video tutorials. Amber was named one of Forbes top influencers in food and has written two books, Cookie Art and Cookie Canvas.

Yields
8-10 Cookies
Sugar Cookies
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 cup Domino® Golden Sugar 
  • 1 Egg, room temperature 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 tsp Almond extract (optional)
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
Royal Icing
  • 2 cups Domino® Powdered Sugar 
  • 2 1/2 TBS Meringue Powder 
  • 1/4 cup plus more for thinning Water 
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract 
  • As needed Gel food coloring 
  • As needed Sprinkles 
Candy Window
  • 1 cup Domino® Granulated Sugar 
  • 1/2 cup Water 
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice 
  • 1 cup Domino® Granulated Sugar 
Instructions
Make The Sugar Cookies

Step 1 

Place the butter and Domino® Golden Sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add the egg and extracts. Mix on low speed until combined.

Step 2

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture and mix on low speed until a dough forms, about 30 seconds.

Step 3

Remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into a rectangle, about 1” thick. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.

Step 4

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to soften slightly, about 30 minutes. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it to about ¼” thick. Place the sheet of dough back into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Shape The Snow Globe Cookies

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350˚ Fahrenheit. Cut the snow globe cookies from the chilled sheet of cookie dough. You will need 1 full snow globe shape and 2 ring shapes for each cookie.

Step 2 

To make the snow globe shape, cut a 3” round cookie from the dough, then use the triangle to cut the base and trim one point off the triangle with the round cookie cutter so that the two pieces fit together. Press the two shapes together at the seams before baking. To make a ring, cut a 3” round and cut the center out using the 2-⅜” round cutter.

Step 3

Place the cookies onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.

Make The Royal Icing

Step 1

Place the Domino® Powdered Sugar and meringue powder into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed for about 30 seconds.

Step 2 

Add the water and mix on medium-low speed until the icing is a paste-like consistency, about 3 minutes. If the icing is too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time to thin it down. The icing should hold a peak when it is finished mixing. 

Step 3

Add a teaspoon of water at a time to thin the icing to flooding consistency. To test the consistency, remove a spoonful of icing and drop it back into the bowl. It should take about 25-30 seconds to be smooth.

Step 4 

Separate ¼ cup of white royal icing and set it aside. Split the rest of the icing evenly into 4 containers. Color the icing blue, red, brown, and green using gel food coloring. Cover the icing tightly until you are ready to decorate the cookies. 

Make the candy window

Step 1

Place the baked ring cookies onto a baking sheet lined with a non-stick silicone baking mat. Place the sugar, water, and lemon juice into a small saucepan. Using a candy thermometer, heat the mixture to 300˚ Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Carefully pour the mixture into the opening of the baked ring cookies. You will need 1 candy “window” cookie for each snow globe. Allow it to cool completely before handling

Decorate

Step 1

Fill 5 piping bags with red, green, blue, brown, and white royal icing. Secure the top of the bag with a rubber band or tie a knot to keep the icing from spilling out as you decorate. Cut a small hole in the tip of each bag. 

Step 2

Ice the base of the snow globe cookie with red icing. Use a toothpick to help smooth and shape the icing to fit the shape of the cookie. Ice the globe portion with blue icing. While the blue icing is still wet, pipe triangles of green icing to make trees, leaving space in between them for a gingerbread man. Drag the toothpick through the green icing to help shape and feather the icing. Set the cookie aside.

Step 3

Ice the ring around the candy window with red icing. Use a toothpick to help smooth and shape the icing. Set all the cookies aside to dry for about 2 hours.

Step 4

Use the brown icing to pipe a small gingerbread man in between the trees. Allow it to dry for about 2 minutes. Pipe a face and other details on the gingerbread man with white icing. Set the cookies aside to dry overnight.

 

Assemble The Cookies

Step 1

To assemble the snow globe cookies, attach a cookie ring to the snow globe base with white royal icing. Pour sprinkles into the ring. Pipe royal icing on the ring and place the candy window cookie on top.

Additional Tips

You can pipe filigree decorations with white icing on the snow globe cookies

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