25 Days of Cookies: Day 16

image I really love snowmen. Out of all the Christmas and Holiday decor I always go AWWWWW! when I see snowmen decorations. Just a note: these cookies are NOT vegan nor are they clean eating. BUT… I literally freaked out when I saw them! “OhMyGosh! Those are SOOOOOO CUTE!” Or something along those lines.

Just look at them!

image Recipe and Pictures from Smashed Peas and Carrots

Sugar Cookies

1/3 cup cold butter
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour

Beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds on high speed.  Add in sugar, baking powder and a dash of salt.  Beat until combined.  Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing.  Add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time, you may need to hand stir the remaining 1/2 cup.  Lightly flour your rolling surface and place half your dough on top.  Flip your dough a few times to get it nicely coated with flour.  Flour your rolling pin and then roll out your dough 1/8 to 1/4 inch in thickness and cut your shapes.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes or just until the cookies edge is firm and the bottom of the cookie is a very light golden brown.  Cool on a rack and ice!!

Ice them using your favorite sugar icing, or you can view mine here.

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I cut my dough with a large circle cookie/biscuit cutter.  This gives you a nice sized area to decorate your melted snowmen.  Then just haphazardly ice your cookies, the more imperfect the better cause it gives the lovely effect of melting snow, kinda drippy and oozing. 

While you are icing your cookies, place a few large marshmallows on a plate and microwave them on high for about 25 seconds.  They should puff up a some but they will shrink back down if you let them sit for a bit!  Before you pick up your marshmallows to place on your cookies grease you fingers with some cooking spray first.  This will reduce the sticky factor of those puffy marshmallows as well as help to not ruin their shape and therefore reduce any bad swear words you might want to utter! 

Then since I was short on time, I just grabbed a bottle of colored Jimmies from my cupboard and picked out the brown and orange ones to decorate the snowmen’s faces and little melted bodies.  If you had more time on your hands you could color your icing orange and black and decorate them with a small circular piping tip.  Or…you could use a few of those handy dandy food-safe markers but you’d want to wait until the cookies are completely set and hard before drawing on them!!

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