Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Baking (and movies) - Snowman Cookies

Today I'm sharing a recipe for Snowman Cookies that I saw on the Holiday Cottage website, but the original recipe and image is actually from Taste of Home. These are super cute and they don't seem too difficult to make either. Just might try them out this year at Christmas.

Snowman Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
1 Eggland's Best Egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Miniature semisweet chocolate chips and green and red M&M's Minis

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/8 teaspoon coconut extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Red and/or green food coloring
Miniature milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into thirty 1-in. balls, thirty 3/4-in. balls and thirty 1/2-in. balls. On ungreased baking sheets, place one ball of each size, side by side, for each snowman.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven; immediately add chocolate chips for eyes and M&M's for buttons. Remove carefully from pans to wire racks; cool completely.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to reach a piping consistency. If two colors of frosting are desired, transfer half of the frosting to another bowl; tint with food coloring.

Cut a small hole in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; fill with frosting. Pipe scarves on snowmen. Use frosting to attach chocolate kisses for hats. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Don't forget...Christmas movies on Hallmark Channel start today with their Christmas Keepsake Holiday Preview. Movies start at 2pm Eastern today with Christmas Under Wraps. Movies will play every day from today through July 17, with a brand new movie, A Perfect Christmas, airing on Saturday, July 16 at 9pm Eastern. Check out the It's a Wonderful Movie website for a full Christmas in July TV schedule.

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