One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is to make a big plate of cookies for the people who make my life easier—people like the mailman, my hairdresser and the neighbor with similar house numbers that delivers errant packages to my doorstep.
I always try to create a tray of yummy-looking cookies, particularly anything nutty and caramel-filled. But every cookie platter needs cute factor, and these cookies are both delicious and cute. They’re easy to make too, no rolling pin required!
If you’re cooking with kids (something I love to do during the holidays), then they’ll love to help roll the dough into marble-size pieces. They can also help spoon on the white chocolate bark and add sprinkles to the cookies. Since these snowmen are supposed to look melt-y, they don’t have to be perfect!
First, you’ll need a pouch of Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix, an egg and a stick of butter. I use unsalted butter, but feel free to use whatever you have at hand.
Place the mix, egg and butter in a bowl and stir together with a wooden spoon. You can also combine the mix with an electric hand mixer on the lowest speed. Don’t over-mix or your cookies will spread too much during baking.
Heat the oven to 375°F. Roll half the dough into walnut-size balls and then flatten slightly on a parchment-lined or ungreased cookie sheet. Roll the remaining dough into marble-size balls and place on a cookie sheet; do not flatten these.
Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, or until the cookies are firm enough to be transferred to a wire rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
White chocolate bark makes these cookies so easy to frost. You can find it in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. It may also be labeled as “almond bark” or “candy coating.” For the decorations, I used a variety of Betty Crocker Decors, which you can find in the baking aisle.
Melt the chocolate bark in the microwave at 30 second intervals until it can be stirred smooth. Cover a work surface with waxed or parchment paper. Place a dot of melted bark on the bottom of a small cookie and place it toward one edge of a larger cookie.
Spoon the white chocolate bark over the entire cookie, allowing some of the melted candy to spill over the edge of the bottom cookie.
Place two black confetti pieces on the small cookie for eyes and an orange candy sprinkle in the center for a carrot nose. Place three black confetti sprinkles for “buttons” on the bottom cookie.
Alternatively you may decorate one large cookie in the same manner, to represent a completely melted snowman.
Sprinkle with Snowflake Mix sprinkles, and allow the cookies to dry completely before storing in an air-tight container.