As the holidays approach, it’s time to start thinking about party snacks or gift ideas for friends and coworkers. Why not make it simple by baking some delicious snowman cookies that you can wrap up in a cookie tin and hand out during the holidays? Or just serve them on a tray during your holiday party. Guests will love them!
Taste of Home recently published an amazing snowman cookie recipe that you’ll definitely want to try.
Prep and bake time
Preparing these cookies won’t take long … 20 minutes plus chilling for prep. Baking will only take another 20 minutes per batch, plus cooling.
The following recipe makes four dozen cookies.
Gather the following ingredients before you begin to prep.
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 package (about 8 ounces) of softened cream cheese
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Green and red M&M minis
And to prepare the frosting, you’ll need the following items:
- Red or green food coloring
- 2 to 4 teaspoons of 2% milk
- 1/8 teaspoon of coconut extract
- 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
- Miniature milk chocolate kisses
How to make the cookies
Step 1: Add the cream cheese, cream butter, and sugar into a large bowl. Stir until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and extracts, beating thoroughly. In a separate bowl, add flour and baking powder; whisk them together. Slowly beat the ingredients into a creamy mixture. Cover and put everything in the refrigerator overnight.
Step 2: Preheat your oven to 325°. Then shape the dough into 48 one-inch balls, 48 3/4-inch balls, and 48 1/2-inch balls. Using ungreased baking sheets, create each snowman by putting one ball of each size, side by side.
Step 3: Now it’s time to bake the cookie dough for18 to 20 minutes or until light brown. Once you take the cookie sheets out of the oven, let them cool on the pans for about two minutes. Then immediately press the chocolate chips on the cookies for eyes and M&Ms for buttons. Next, carefully move the cookies to wire racks for complete cooling.
Step 4: To prepare the frosting, beat together in a small bowl the extract, confectioners’ sugar, and “enough milk to reach a piping consistency.” If you want to use two frosting colors, move half of the frosting to another bowl and tint each using different food coloring.
Step 5: Finally, find a food-safe plastic bag and cut a small hole in a corner of it. Then fill it with the frosting. Pipe the scarves onto the snowmen, and then use the frosting to attach chocolate kisses for hats.
Now it’s time to share these goodies with family and friends!
The nutritional information for one cookie is as follows:
- 139 calories
- 6g fat (4g saturated fat)
- 20mg cholesterol
- 60mg sodium
- 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber)
- 2g protein
Cookie gifting ideas
If you want to gift your cookies to family, friends, or coworkers, check out these gift-wrapping ideas:
- Use gift boxes.
- Put the cookies in festive favor bags.
- Add the cookies into cute tea tins.
- Resealable plastic bags. Cut and insert holiday wrapping paper into a resealable plastic bag. Then fill with cookies.
- Use glass mason jars.
The bottom line when gifting cookies: Be creative, and decorate whatever you wrap the cookies in using extra bows or ribbon.
To make your own Holiday Reindeer Cookies, check out the video below.
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