Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's snowing!

And that means.....Snow Cookies!!!

We make them every year on the first "real' snowfall. Easy to make and yummy. Little hands can mush them and mash them and they still turn out great! We write the date of the snowfall in the cookbook, and now have a record going back many years of the first snowfall each season!

Snow Cookies!
(really just sugar and spice cookies)

1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
13/4 cups all purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspooon nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until smooth
3. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
4. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves,nutmeg,and salt.
5. Stir in dry ingredients into butter mixture in 2 additions.
6. Flatten dough into a disk shape. Wrap disc in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour or up to three days
6. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough into 1/8 inch(3mm) thickness. Using 3 inch cookie cutters, or a small glass upturned cut out shapes and place on parchment lined, lightly greased sheets. You might have to half the doungh or keep putting it in the fridge to firm as you work, it is easier to roll out.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until edges are JUST browned. Immediately move to cooling rack. makes about 50.

Now, the icing! The best part.

Put some icing sugar in a bowl and add a bit of milk to it. Add a splash of almond extract. You hardly need any milk, just a tbsp or so. Keep stirring until it is a thick icing like consistancy. If too runny add more sugar. Glop the icing into a baggie and cut the tip and decorate cookies like snowflakes!


Prairie Jill said...

What a wonderful tradition!

Flaxen Curls said...

Love it!!! They sound delish. :)

hatjunkie said...

Really, Shelagh, You amaze me. If Dusty has a snow day tomorrow I think we'll try them. Thanks,

burnttoast said...

I agree, a great family ritual. And the blue dish with dots was perfect.

Anonymous said...

The cookies looks great.
Many greetings from Munich

SHEREE said...

No two cookies are alike! Gorgeous!