I always look forward to this time of year. I pore over recipes, make my selections, and then check my baking supplies before I make a major shopping trip to the baking aisle. Next I put on my apron, soften lots of butter and pull out all my special cookie-making gadgets and cookie-decorating goodies. Yes, you know what time I’m talking about – cookie-baking time!
This year, my grandson Clark is 3 years old, so I wanted to make some cookies that he would love to eat and would find to be fun, too. These adorable Powdered Sugar Snowmen Cookies are just the ticket. Not only do they taste buttery and delicious, they also are like build-your-own-snowman puzzles. Each snowman is made by stacking three different sized cookies and adding decorations. So, if it’s too cold to play outside and build a real snowman, just bake up a batch of these jolly, happy souls.
Making the cookie dough is a breeze, as there are only six simple ingredients: sugar, butter, egg, flour, baking powder and salt. Once the dough is made, the trick is to shape the dough into balls of three different sizes. Make 10 balls that are 1 1/4-inch wide (I used about 2 tablespoons of dough for each ball). Then make 10 more balls that are 1-inch wide (about 1 tablespoon of dough) and 10 more balls that are ¾-inch in width (about 1 teaspoon of dough). It’s important to have 10 balls of each size so you can make 10 snowmen.
A tip to ensure even baking is to use three ungreased cookie sheets. Put all the large balls of dough on one sheet, place all the medium size balls of dough on the second, and place all the small balls of dough on the third. Now bake each sheet, one at a time, until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
Let the cookies cool, and then dust them with snow (oops, I guess I mean powdered sugar).
It’s time to start building your snowmen. Black sugar pearls become the eyes made out of coal and the buttons. I just pressed the black sugar pearls right into the soft cookies.
For the carrot nose, I made a very small hole with a toothpick and stuck an orange jimmie into it.
To make a top hat, just cut a small gum drop in half. Sprinkle some sugar on a hard surface. Place the bottom half of the gum drop on the sugared surface and smash it with a metal measuring cup or the bottom of a drinking glass. You will need to use some muscle, but will end up with a flat disk.
Place the top half of the gum drop on the flattened gum drop disk, and you’ll have a top hat.
Place the hat on the snowman’s head to complete your cookie snowman. If you’d like, a fruit-flavored snack roll-up can be cut into a colorful scarf.
I let Clark help build his own snowman cookie. He had a blast, but his snowman began to melt very quickly (heehee, I mean he gobbled up his snowman in minutes).
These snowmen would be adorable as favors at each guest’s spot around the dinner table, or as fun puzzles packed in plastic food bags for the kids to put together. Or, imagine how cute your centerpiece would be made up of these jolly, happy souls!