With Christmas closing in, I decided to make some holiday cookies. I wanted to try something different and found a recipe for “melted snowman” cookies that looked easy. They tasted great, but my attempt at decorating them would be described as a Pinterest Fail.
You will need: ½ cup shortening, ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup packed brown sugar, one teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon baking soda, one egg, three tablespoons of milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla, ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 ½ cups flour, one pound vanilla flavored candy coating, bite sized chocolate covered peanut butter cups, brown and orange sprinkles, and marshmallows.
To make: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening and peanut butter. Then add the sugars, baking powder, salt, baking soda and mix until well combined. Beat in the cocoa powder and the flour. Shape the dough into 1 ¾ inch balls and place two inches apart on baking sheet. Bake for nine to 11 minutes. Let cool. Microwave the vanilla candy coating according to package instructions. Stir until smooth. Cut marshmallows in half and place on top of cookies. Spoon melted candy over cookies and let set. Cut peanut butter cups in half and use to make a “top hat.” Use the sprinkles to make eyes and a nose.
When I got to the decorating phase, the candy was still a little too warm and made a bit of a mess when I tried coating the cookies. They still tasted good and my coworkers enjoyed eating the leftover candy.
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