I posted these cookies back in 2017...but thought there might be some people who did not see that post, so it was worth sharing again. I have been making these snowman cookies since I found the recipe in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine in 1986. They are a favorite of family and friends.
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract
Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Mini chocolate chips
Decorator icing ( I use a purchased tube)
Powdered sugar...for the SNOW!
In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Cover, and chill overnight...or wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.
For each snow person, shape the dough into 3 balls...one 1 inch, one 3/4 inch, and one 1/2 inch. After a bit you get the feel for the size and it goes quickly.
Use the mini chocolate chips to make eyes and buttons...and push the three sections together slightly to make them bake together. I also try to flatten the top of the head to make the candy caps easy to attach.
Bake in a 325 degree oven about 18 minutes until the edges are firm and the bottoms are light brown. Cool one minute on cookie sheet then remove to rack.
With decorator icing add a cap to each snowman...kisses look like girls and the peanut butter cups look like boys ski caps. I cut the peanut butter cups in half so they attach easily.
Then take the icing and make a scarf and a little pom-pom for each hat...and sprinkle with powdered sugar "snow".
I put them in airtight containers between layers of wax paper...and I freeze them, too. You can make them early in December and freeze to take out when you need some.
People LOVE them....many friends tell me that they love biting the kiss or peanut butter cups off the top!
I am making these this afternoon....did the cut out cookies already. They will be making some spritz, gingerbread people, and a few others. I love to give cookies as a gift. And...my mother was a great baker and always made TONS of Christmas Cookies. To me, it just is not the holidays with out some homemade cookies!
Are you making cookies this year ? What is your favorite ? Please leave a comment below - I love hearing from you !
Happy Baking !