Today is the perfect day to bake cookies. At least in my mind. The butter is already sitting out to get soft and the smell of freshly baked cookies will very soon drive my building crazy. I'm doing a bunch of these snowmen, easy to make and they make a great gift.

Basic Sugar Cookies

This is a basic, simple cookie recipe that never fails to please.

Makes about 30 cookies

1 stick salted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy. 3Add the egg and beat it well into the mixture. 4. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla and mix until combined. 5. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before use. 6. Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. 7. Cut out cookies and transfer to a parchment-paper-covered baking tray. 8. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until just golden. 9. Cool on a wire rack. 10. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 12 snowmen

1 batch sugar cookie dough (see recipe above)
1 small batch of peppermint cookie dough (see Sweet Paul Magazine)
Confectioners’ sugar
Water
Shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted chocolate
1 small piece of orange fondant
1 piece of red and white string

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cut out 3 different circles of the sugar cookie dough (small, medium and large).
  3. Place them on top of each other to create a snowman shape.
  4. Press them gently together and transfer to a parchment-paper-covered baking tray.
  5. Cut out small hats using the peppermint cookie dough and place on the same tray.
  6. Bake for about 8 to 12 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until just golden.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
  10. Mix confectioners’ sugar and water until smooth.
  11. Cover the snowman with frosting and dip into coconut.
  12. Add extra frosting to his head and place the hat.
  13. Use melted chocolate in a piping bag to make buttons and a band for his hat.
  14. Take a small piece of fondant to create a thick carrot. Fasten with a small amount of frosting.
  15. Tie a string around the next as a scarf.

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Photography by Ellen Silverman

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