Sunday, December 26, 2010
melting snowman cookies.
Original Recipe Yield 3 to 5 dozen
This Recipe Yield: approximately 1 dozen cookie “puddles”
• 1 cup margarine
• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Cream the margarine and add the sugar gradually. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition.
2. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt gradually to the creamed mixture, stirring in by hand. Cover and chill dough overnight (or minimum 4 hours).
While dough is chilling gather ingredients & supplies for the next few steps:
• large marshmallows
• icing (premade from a jar vanilla – get big size just to be safe)
• decorating materials (black piping icing, food coloring for piping décor, small candy pieces for buttons/accessories, mini-chocolate chips, tiny marshmallows)
• parchment paper
Part Two: The Cookie
1. After the dough has chilled for at least 4 hours, prepare the work surface: flour, a couple of cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, a spoon or cookie scoop, and a pre-heated oven (375 degrees F).
2. Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop a small ice cream scooped size of dough and sprinkle it with flour so the dough won't stick to your hands.
3. Roll the dough into a ball and press it into a flat 1/2 inch thick puddle shape.
4. Repeat with each cookie. Make puddles similar in size, but exactness isn't important.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookie has a golden appearance.
Part Three: The Icing & Marshmallow
Hint: If these are to show off, transfer warm cookies to serving tray before icing & decorating. Otherwise, you can do this on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
1. Spoon a Tablespoon of icing into the corner of a small zip lock bag or piping bag for decorating later. Repeat for as many colors as you might want (such as orange for carrot nose, assorted other for buttons or bows).