Royal Icing Snowflakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Stacia Osborn


From the author of the Cake Bible: "Roses Christmas Cookies".

Everyone loves to nibble on these delights!

Rose: "They take hours to make, but the results are pure magic and provide the most exquisite Christmas tree and wreath decorations. The snowflakes can also be made as permanent ornaments with an inedible substance."

Rose Beranbaum herself uses weight measurements for her baking, but she also provides volume measurements in pounds/ounces as well as in grams. I recall her dire warning in the Cake Bible: do not mix and match measures - pick one and stick to it throughout the recipe. :-)


★★★★★ 1 vote

2 doz cookies



  • 3
    large egg whites - 1/4 liquid cup (or 3 ounces or 90 grams)
  • 4 c
    powdered sugar, lightly spooned into the cup (or 1 pound or 460 grams)

  • 2
    large egg whites - 1/4 liquid cup (or 2 ounces or 60 grams)
  • 1/2 c
    coarse sugar crystals (or 3.5 ounces or 100 grams)

  • ·
    - 4 inch snowflake templates. she provides these in the cookbook, but you'll have to draw your own.
  • ·
    - parchment paper
  • ·
    - reclosable gallon size freezer bag or pastry bag, fitted with a coupler and number 8 (3/8 inch diameter) decorating tube
  • ·
    - small, clean paintbrush

How to Make Royal Icing Snowflakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum


  1. In a large mixing bowl, place the egg whites and sugar and beat, preferably with the whisk beater, at low speed, until the sugar is moistened. Beat at high speed until very glossy and stiff peaks form when the beater is lifted (5 to 7 minutes). the tips of the peaks should curve slightly. If necessary, more powdered sugar may be added. Keeps 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Rebeat slightly.

    TO MAKE YOUR ROYAL ICING USING MERINGUE POWDER INSTEAD OF EGG WHITES AS DIRECTED ABOVE: Replace the egg whites with 3 tablespoons of meringue powder and 3 fluid ounces (or 6 tablespoons) of warm water; this is approximately the amount of water contained in the eggs. Proceed as for basic Royal Icing. Keeps 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. Rebeat slightly.
  2. Scrape the icing immediately into the prepared decorating bag and close tightly so that the icing does not dry. When not piping, keep the tip covered at all times with a damp towel.

    Place the templates on a counter and place round pieces of parchment paper (about 6" in diameter) on top of them. Tape them to the counter in a few places so that they do not slip while you are piping the snowflakes.

    Follow the outline of each template. First pipe the long 'legs' of the flake, starting at the outside perimeter and stopping at the center. Use the the paintbrush, dipped in water, to smooth and irregularities in the icing. Remove the tape and slip out the template to use for other snowflakes.
  3. When all the snowflakes are piped, brush one at a time with the beaten egg whites and sprinkle each immediately with about 1 teaspoon of the crystal sugar. Allow the snowflakes to dry for at least 24 hours before removing them from the parchment.
  4. TO REMOVE THE SNOWFLAKES FROM THE PARCHMENT: Hold the snowflakes on a flat counter, allowing small sections to extend over the edge. Support the snowflake with a broad spatula while you pull the parchment down and away from the extended section. A VERY THIN spatula or pancake turner also works if carefully slipped under the snowflake.
  5. STORE: in an airtight container, between sheets of wax paper, at room temperature and low humidity. Keeps indefinitely at low humidity.

Printable Recipe Card

About Royal Icing Snowflakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Course/Dish: Cookies Other Non-Edibles

Show 2 Comments & Reviews

31 Reasons Why There's Always Room For Dessert Recipe

31 Reasons Why There's Always Room for Dessert

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We all know that we have a second stomach. The one that magically appears just when we think we can't eat another bite and then get a glimpse at dessert....

22 Cookies That Need To Be In The Cookie Jar Recipe

22 Cookies That Need to Be in the Cookie Jar

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

The only thing better than coming home to the smell of freshly baked cookies is opening the cookie jar and finding it filled to the brim. When the jar goes...

Simple, Easy To Carry Labor Day Desserts Recipe

Simple, Easy to Carry Labor Day Desserts

Kitchen Crew

I'm heading to a Labor Day barbecue this weekend. Everyone is bringing something and I've been assigned a dessert. I started to look through my Recipe Box app to see...