Umbrian Snowflake Cookies

umbrian cookies

I found these cookies in one of my old Saveur Italian cookbooks that was published back in 2015. These Umbrian snowflake cookies are served at festivals, wineries and charity bake sales and are a favorite of the residents from Montefalco in Umbria.

When flipping through the book, just the look of these cookies immediately caught my eye and I had to make them, I also thought how fun to make them in the winter, hence the name Umbrian”snowflake” cookies.

cookie recipe

The ingredients are pretty basic, but think of the end result as an elevated chocolate chip cookie, with crunchy cornflakes in and out of the batter.

cookie mix

It’s  easy to mix together and fun to make with your kids, because who doesn’t like a special kind of crunchy chocolate chip cookie?

ready to bake

After they’re pulled from the oven, let them cool down a bit, then you’re going to shower them all over with powdered sugar.

powdered sugar cookies

The powdered sugar resembles falling snow.

cookies and coffee

Of course you’re not limited to making these snowflake cookies only in the winter, you can make them anytime your heart desires!

Umbrian Snowflake Cookies
This recipe is adapted from the book, Saveur Italian Comfort Food.
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. kosher salt
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 T. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 cups cornflakes (2 cups lightly crushed, 4 cups whole)
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • confectioners sugar for sprinkling
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl with a hand mixer cream the sugar and butter til fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time til well incorporated.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until dough forms.
  6. Fold in crushed cornflakes and the chocolate chips.
  7. Divide dough into 28 balls and roll them into the whole cornflakes.
  8. Space 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake until golden and crisp, 20-22 minutes.
  10. Let the cookies cool down then dust with the confectioners sugar.