December 20, 2011

Snowman Sugar Cookies - Art & Recipe

If you are a last minute baker like me, why not try my new sugar cookie recipe. This soft and chewy cookie is a great crowd pleaser. If you don't have time to decorate them with the craisins and candied orange peel, simply scoop them with your smallest cookie dough baller, shape them in a ball and roll them in sugar, place balls on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes.

Snowman Sugar Cookies

1 C butter, softened
1-1/2 C white sugar
3/4 C Brown Sugar
3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1 t vanilla extract
4 C all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
additional white sugar, for rolling
craisins, chopped in half (optional)
candied orange peel, cut in triangles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Chill at least 1 hour. Form dough into small walnut-sized balls and roll in sugar. Press down slightly on ungreased cookie sheet to decorate with craisins and candied orange peel. Bake on top oven rack for 6-8 minutes or until tops crack and are just turning color. Cool on pan for 2-3 minutes then remove to cooling racks. Makes 5 dozen.

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