Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GOODIES: Melting Snowman with Our Family Sugar Cookie Recipe

Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Goodies

Last Christmas we were on a quest to find the BEST Sugar Cookie recipe around. I think we must of made at least a half-a-dozen Sugar Cookie recipes (along with an ole' family favorite, that I had kind' of forgotten about) and wouldn't you know it. Each and everytime we did a taste test, the ole' family favorite would always come out on top. I made them for serveral people, we had voting contests, we layed them out for days in ziploc bags and actually left them out on the counter too (not intentionally). And ya know our ole' family favorite was still SOFT every time. Here are a few of the top reasons this recipe will now and forever be the only Sugar Cookie recipe we ever make.
  1. The cookies are SOFT and stay SOFT for a long time (days and days and days)!
  2. They cook perfectly every time, in just 10 minutes.
  3. They do NOT use cream cheese or sour cream (or any other fancy thing).
  4. Simple and Delicious!
I was already a few days into my 12 Days of Christmas Goodies when I came across these adorable Snowman and I just knew I had to make them. If you've been a reader of mine you know that for Halloween I made these cute little Mice (and brought them back as Christmas Mice) and then for Thanksgiving I made the ever so friendly Turkeys (which were not ever-so friendly on my time, but still came out so cute!), I think I see a pattern here and now for Christmas time I have these adorable Snowman that my children will be passing out to some of their lucky friends today at school! I JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME!

For a COMPLETE tutorial of these famous Melting Snowman click here to be taken to Truly Custom Cakery. This is where I found the recipe and I do not want to mess up their AWESOME tutorial. I will share below MY family recipe for Sugar Cookies and the icing recipe I choose to use on these deliciously cute Melting Snowman. I used our favoirte family recipe for the sugar cookies and then used a standard Royal Icing so that I could get the melting snow look. (See below for the normal icing I use when I just frost sugar cookies).
Our Family Sugar Cookie Recipe
from long-time family friend Sandi

1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1-3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk

Beat egg, sugar, butter and vanilla. Mix flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add in milk and blend all together. Chill (overnight or at least for several hours). Roll out dough with additional flour and cut cookie cutters to cut out. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. (darker pans make cookies turn out darker and a little bit crisper, but still soft)

Royal Icing

4 egg whites
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Beat egg whites in clean, large bowl with mixer at high speed until foamy (use only grade A clean, uncracked eggs). Gradually add sugar and lemon extract. Beat at high speed until thickened.

Above are just a few different decorations I have done on our ole' Sugar Cookies.
  1. Dipped in White & Milk Chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. (top left corner)
  2. Christmas Tree design was done with Wiltons Icing in a tube. (the main photo)
  3. EVERYONE's favorite way to enjoy Sugar Cookies with icing recipe below. (center picture on left)
Sugar Cookie Icing
4 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
1/2 cup butter shortening
5 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Beat all together until fluffy. Add food coloring if desired.


If you would like to play along on the 12 Days of Christmas Goodies Blog Hop Party, feel free to link up a recipe or two of some GOODIES you are making this year. And if you wish to add this BLOG HOP PARTY to your own post, see below for the link and add it! You and your readers will then be able to see all the recipes people link up right on your own blog. (What a FUN and COOL idea! Gotta LOVE Mr. Linky)

Here's the list of the 12 Days of Christmas Goodies in case you need an idea (or two) for baking this year!


  1. I added your 12 days of Cookies button to my blog. I hope that is okay with you. So the idea.

  2. I meant to invite you to Merry Merry Munchies and my giveaway...sorry.

  3. Wow, looking at all these goodies, I feel like I've gained 5 pounds already! Fun times.

    Thanks for hosting. I found you through Dining With Debbie.


    e-Mom @ Susannah's {Kitchen}

  4. I can't wait to try your melting snowman cookies recipe! They are too cute! I'm adding your button to my blog!
    You have a new follower!!

  5. I saw you on the 12 Weeks of Christmas cookies, or rather, I saw your melting snowman and had to get a closer look. This is just adorable, and so clever! What a fun idea! Merry Christmas!

  6. I love the melting snowman! It is so cute!! Now I cannot wait until X-mas!


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