These pretty handcrafted snowflakes add elegance to your holiday decor. Use them
to decorate candles for one-of-a-kind gifts.
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
6 tablespoons warm
Taper candles, if desired
Glitter, edible glitter
or granulated sugar
Nylon thread, string or ribbon
Beat powdered sugar, meringue powder and water in large bowl with electric mixer
on low speed until sugar is moistened. Beat on high speed 5 to 7 minutes or until
very glossy and stiff peaks form.
Place icing in decorating bag with #10 tip. Or place icing in strong plastic
bag; cut off a tip from one corner of bag. Keep damp paper towel over tip when not
in use to prevent icing from hardening.
Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper.
Enlarge or reduce patterns (see diagram); slide patterns under waxed paper. Trace
patterns by piping on frosting, tracing longest lines of pattern first. Use a small
paintbrush dipped into water to smooth any irregularities, working on each snowflake
as it is piped.
For candles, draw snowflakes freehand or use toothpick or pin to etch design
before piping icing.
Lightly brush entire snowflake with water; immediately sprinkle with glitter
(use only edible glitter or sugar if snowflakes are to be eaten).
Let dry; remove from waxed paper.
To hang as decorations, attach nylon thread to one end.
Yield: 1 dozen 5-inch snowflakes
Recipe and photo credit:
Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills.