The Christmas baking season is upon us! I know a lot of people have cookie exchanges, bring treats for holiday parties, or simply like to have a fun project to do with the kids. I came across this really cute cookie recipe from Disney Family, and thought I’d share!
Batch of sugar cookie dough *
Round cookie or fondant cutters, one 2-inch and one 3-inch (or smaller sizes)
Small pastry brush and water
Wire cooling rack
White cookie icing (the type that hardens when it sets)
Currants or raisins for snowmen eyes
Orange candies for noses (such as Mike and Ike candy)
Mini chocolate chips for grins
Small green candies for buttons (such as M&Ms or jelly beans)
Cocoa candy melts
Ramekin or other small microwavable container to heat the Candy Melts
Small chocolate candies for ears (such as Junior Mints)
Red fruit snack (such as Fruit by the Foot)
**You can use traditional homemade sugar cookie dough or the store bought kind that is already pre-made.
1. Working on a flour-dusted piece of wax paper, roll out the dough 3/8 inch thick. Use the cookie cutters to cut out an equal number of larger and smaller circles.
2. Assemble each snowman cookie by using the smaller cutter to cut a curved notch in the top of a larger circle, as shown. Then moisten the cut edge with a bit of water. Fit the smaller circle into the notch and gently press the dough together at the seam to help it stick together.
3. Use a spatula to transfer the assembled snowmen to a baking sheet and bake the cookies according to the recipe directions. Allow the baked cookies to cool briefly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Working with one cookie at a time, spread white cookie icing on each and gently press currant eyes, a candy nose, a chocolate chip grin, and candy buttons in place before the frosting sets. Set the cookies aside for a few hours to let the icing harden.
5. Melt a handful of cocoa candy melts according to the package directions. Again working with one cookie at a time, dip the top of each snowman’s head into the melted candy and then set it on a sheet of wax paper. For each ear, place two chocolate candies back-to-back and gently press them into the melted candy at the top of the head, as shown. As the candy melts re-harden, the mint ears will stick in place.
6. Finally, cut a long scarf-length strip from the red fruit snack and fringe the ends. Wrap the scarf around the snowman’s neck, crossing one end over the other to hold it in place.