Monday, November 03, 2014

Melting Snowman Cookies and more on Pinterest!

If you have not found Pinterest you need to. 

Pinterest is a visual tool website that is amazing. It can help you organize and plan just about anything your heart desires. You can search any and every thing. You create your own "boards" and can "Pin" the recipe, ski clothing item, quote, skis, places you dream of traveling onto the boards that you create. Then you will not spend hours searching the Internet for that one website, or idea that you loved and can no longer seem to find. You will have it organized in one spot. Super cool give it a try you just might like it!

This recipe idea was found on Pinterest via the "Baking and Mistaking" blog and what an adorable idea for the winter! 

Melting Snowman Cookies

Recipe: Makes 15 to 20 Melting Snowman Cookies

Sugar Cookies (recipe below)
Royal Icing (recipe below) 
15 to 20 marshmallows
Edible pen
Mini chocolate chips

Make and bake the cookies and icing as per the below recipes. Let the cookies cool, and spread the thinned out icing over the cookies, letting some drip over the edges. 
Place the marshmallows on a microwave-safe plate and zap them for 20 to 25 seconds until puffed out. With greased fingers, carefully place them (and smoosh down slightly) on the cookies, trying not to disrupt the icing.  
If using mini chocolate chips or pearl sprinkles, carefully place three in a row below the marshmallow. 
Let the icing dry completely - at least an hour. 
Using the ink pen, add on arms and faces to your cookies. Enjoy!

Sugar Cookies: 
1/2 cups (1 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Gradually mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Shape the dough into two balls, flatten, and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for an hour or two (or refrigerate overnight). Either pinch of pieces of dough and flatten or roll it out and cut out shapes. Bake the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 to 13 minutes at 350F, without letting them get brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Royal Icing: (makes more than enough)

3 egg whites
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 pound confectioner's sugar

Beat the egg whites and lemon juice together.
Gradually add in the sifted sugar on low speed until smooth. Beat for several minutes until shiny. 
Use immediately or cover and refrigerate or it will begin to harden.

For this recipe - thin the icing out (with water) until you can swirl a spoon through it, and the mark will disappear in a second or two. Only add a tablespoon or so at a time.

-Kamlyn Cantrell

Kamlyn is our resident foodie, so don't be surprised to see some additional gastronomical tips from her this winter. Personally, I'm hoping for some quick and easy ski trip dinners when your're too tired to do much gourmet cooking after a hard day on the slopes! Kam?

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