Thursday, December 22, 2011


Christian's school party is this afternoon, and for the occasion I wanted to find something to make that was all around accepted by everyone.  Something totally kid friendly, easily transportable, and that tastes as amazing as it looks.  And so we have... melted snowman cookies.

The sugar cookie recipe is one I particularly liked because of the soft fluffiness of the cookies.  They are sturdy but your teeth sink right in. Perfect for little hands and mouths.

1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter til fluffy.  Blend in sugar and continue beating 1-2 minutes. Mix in eggs one at a time, until well incorporated.  Mix in vanilla by hand.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  Mix into wet ingredients by hand until a dough forms.  Transfer to plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350.  Roll out dough on floured surface and cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters.  Bake 6-8 minutes or until very lightly golden. These get puffy in the oven so remember that when making your shapes.

To Decorate Snowmen:

Use cookie icing without any coloring (2 cups powdered sugar plus drizzles of milk until you reach desired consistency, about 2 Tbsp, plus 1/2 tsp vanilla) and frost the top of each cookie, allowing some to dribble down the sides of the cookies like melting snow.  Spray a microwave safe plate with a little cooking oil and place marshmallows on the plate.Microwave about fifteen seconds, just until they start to puff.  Remove from plate carefully, placing on each cookie along an edge. Pipe on eyes, a scarf, arms, and buttons for decoration.  

The only thing I didn't do was pipe on orange noses, which I will definitely do next time!  Other than the fact that these snowmen can't smell their own demise, these were a fantastic success!!

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