Marzipan clay makes it easy to add accessoriesto these jolly cookies.
Recipe: Snowmen Cookies
1/3 cup butter
For marzipan clay, crumble almond pastein a bowl. Add the 2 tablespoons butter. Beat with an electricmixer on medium speed until combined. Add 1/2 cup of the siftedpowdered sugar and syrup. Beat until combined. Shape into a ball.Knead in remaining 1/2 to 1 cup powdered sugar until mixtureis firm enough to hold its shape.
To tint, divide into small portions. Addenough food coloring or liquid food coloring to each portionto make desired color. If desired, wrap each portion of marzipanin plastic wrap; refrigerate up to 1 week.
In a bowl beat the 1/3 cup butter andshortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30seconds. Add the 3/4 cup sugar and the baking powder. Beat untilcombined, scraping bowl. Beat in whole egg until combined. Beatin ground almonds and as much of the flour as you can with themixer. With a wooden spoon stir in remaining flour. Divide doughin half. If necessary, cover and chill for 3 hours or until easyto handle.
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
On a lightly floured surface roll halfthe dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. Using 2 1/2, 3, and4-inch round cutters, cut one of each size circle for each snowman.
Place a 4-inch cutout on an ungreasedbaking sheet. Add the 3-inch cutout and then the 2 1/2-inch cutout,overlapping the circles about 1/4 inch to form the shape of asnowman. Allow about 1 inch space between snowmen on cookie sheet.
Combine egg white and 1 tablespoon water.Lightly brush egg-white mixture on cutouts; sprinkle generouslywith coarse or granulated sugar. If desired, use mini chocolatepieces to create eyes, mouth, and buttons.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges arefirm and bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 1minute. With a large spatula, carefully transfer to a coolingrack.
In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup siftedpowdered sugar and 1 teaspoon water. Stir in additional water,a few drops at a time, until of a thick, drizzling consistency.Form marzipan clay into shapes for mittens, scarves and muffs;attach to cookies with the icing.
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1/2 cup ground almonds
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 slightly beaten egg white
1 tablespoon water
Coarse or granulated sugar
Mini chocolate pieces (optional)
1/2 of an 8-ounce can almond paste
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons light-colored corn syrup
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon water
Makes about 7 oversize Snowmen Cookies,each cookie big enough to split in half and share (14 servings).
Nutritional facts per serving: calories:293, total fat: 16g, saturated fat: 5g, cholesterol: 31mg, sodium:97mg, carbohydrate: 35g, fiber: 1g, protein: 4g, vitamin A: 6%,vitamin C: 0%, calcium: 5%, iron: 8%
Recipe provided by Better Homes and Gardens- BHG.com a member of the Home and Family Network for the bestof cooking, gardening, decorating and more. © 2003 MeredithCorporation. All rights Reserved.
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