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Melted Snowman Cookies

These melted snowman cookies are really cute and fun to make for the holidays. They take a little preparation, but you can make the cookies one day and decorate them another day. The cookies also freeze well if you want to store them for holiday gift giving. I first saw them on the Better Homes and Gardens web site.


Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the shortening and peanut butter until well blended. Beat in sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add milk and vanilla, beating well.

melted snowman

Mix in the cocoa powder and flour until everything is well blended.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour so the dough will be well chilled.

Shape the dough into balls approximately 1 1/2 inches across. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for about 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to wax paper to cool completely.

At this point you can continue and decorate the cookies, or place them in an airtight container or in the freezer until you are ready to decorate them.

Decorations:

16 oz. white candy melts
1 tsp. shortening
Orange sprinkles
Miniature chocolate chips
Miniature peanut butter cups or bells

Before you prepare the frosting, get out all of the decorations and set them out. Cut the peanut butter cups or bells in half. I thought the bells looked more like snowman hats than the peanut butter cups did.

Place the candy melts in a microwaveable bowl along with the shortening. Microwave on high for 1 minute and then stir. Microwave 30 seconds and stir again. The chocolate should be melted at this point but if not, place in the microwave again for another 30 seconds.

Spread the melted chocolate on the cookies to resemble melted snow. I just used a spoon to spoon it on the cookies. I thought the chocolate would harden too quickly, but it actually took at least 15 minutes for it to harden again. If you work fast you won't have any problem finishing the cookies before it hardens again.

After you place the "snow" on the cookies, place a peanut butter cup or bell on each cookie for the snowmen's hats. Use the miniature chocolate chips for eyes, and orange sprinkles for the nose (I found a bunch of orange sprinkles in my Halloween decorating supplies).

These melted snowmen are really cute. Each one looks different, they each have their own personality. They are perfect for a creative holiday gift. Just store them in the freezer until you need them.

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