Vanilla Snowmen

These snowmen are even more fun to build than the usual kind and certainly tastier.

Number of servings : about 2 dozen

Prep time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 18 minutes

Type of meal : | Desserts | Desserts

Special diet :


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Food coloring, as desired

Chocolate chips, raisins or red hots for decorating


Step 1:

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in flour to blend well. For each snowman, shape dough into 3 balls, measuring approximately 1 inch, 3/4 inch, and 1/2 inch. Place on ungreased cookie sheet with the sides of the balls touching, and gently press together. Space snowmen about 1 inch apart. Insert raisins or red hots for eyes, buttons, etc. Bake 18 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.


Step 2:

To make icing, combine 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with just enough milk to make a smooth icing. Add food coloring one drop at a time until icing is desired shade. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a writing tip. Or use a plastic bag and snip the tip from one corner to make a small hole. Pipe icing scarf on each snowman, and place a dab of icing on head to attach a chocolate chip "hat." Sprinkle lightly with remaining confectioners’ sugar. Store in covered tins.

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