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Copycat Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookies

Pumpkin has discovered the deliciousness that is a Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookie.  One very, very cold snowy day we stopped at Starbucks to redeem a gift card for some cocoa and she saw the picture of the cookie on the board and promptly asked (with manners) for a cookie to go with her cocoa.  And she’s so cute, so it’s hard to say no.  She enjoyed her kid temperature cocoa and we shared the cookie.  It was good!  

So, when I told her I had volunteered to make a treat for her preschool class she said it had to be snowman cookies!  I wasn’t about to buy the whole class a cookie from Starbucks, especially when I had all the ingredients to make snowman cookies on hand!

These cookies are so easy to put together, but they’ll impress everyone!  They are just a simple shortbread cookie iced in chocolate!

Start with your favorite shortbread cookie recipe or use the one below.  Roll them out and cut with your snowman cookie cutter (mine came in a box of 10 different Christmas cutters that I bought at Target several years ago).  Once your cookies are baked and cooled it’s time to decorate!

Gather up your chocolate options! I used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips for the body and dark chocolate chips for the hat, eyes and buttons.  And I had orange and blue Wilton Candy Melts leftover from another project that worked perfectly for the carrot nose and scarf.  I highly recommend using a good quality chocolate for the majority of the cookie.

I started with the white chocolate and melted it at 50% power for 1 minute, then stirred and warmed it in 30 second intervals until melted. Once melted add a little bit of vegetable shortening (1/2 tsp per oz of chocolate) to smooth it out and give it a gloss when it firms up.  I put my melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle and set to work outlining and filling the snowman heads and bodies.  Then I moved on to my dark chocolate, repeating the same steps, but outlining and filling his hat and adding eyes and buttons. I also used a squeeze bottle for the scarves.  For the noses I drew them on with a toothpick.  And that was it!  

The chocolate will firm back up and these cuties will be ready to share! Pumpkin loved sharing them with her classmates and her teachers were very impressed.  

Of course she also enjoyed eating our Copycat Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookies!  We still have a few left over and she’s already asked to make them again!  The girls are now on winter break and cookie decorating is on our to do list, so we may just have to make more!!!

 

Shortbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  2. 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer. Add vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add flour and baking powder and mix just until combined.
  3. Remove dough from bowl, forming a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. On a floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness, cut with cookie cutter and transfer to a lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Decorate once completely cool.
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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini chocolate chips cookies are a crowd pleaser!  These are perfect for taking to a backyard BBQ or picnic. We took these to a Girl Scouts picnic and they disappeared fast!  I mean who doesn’t love cookies!  And isn’t everything cuter when it’s small?

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These aren’t big cookies on a big plate.  They’re small cookies on a small plate.  Soft, delicious, chocolately cookies!

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Using mini chocolate chips adds to the mini fun of these cookies!  Make a big batch of these for your next party and watch them disappear!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cup flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  5. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 cup butter, softened
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 12 oz mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixer bowl combine sugars, butter and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and mix.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Line your baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls (tablespoon for medium size cookies, teaspoon for tiny cookies) of the dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
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Peppermint Melt Cookies

Fall rolls around and people get all pumpkin crazy.  Now, I love the pumpkin things, too, but it’s when the pumpkin goes away the peppermint appears and that’s when I get crazy.  I’m peppermint crazy!  That’s why on a Sunday afternoon, despite having done a lot of prep work in the kitchen all day I decided to whip up a batch of Peppermint Melt Cookies.  Even if it required a second grocery store trip to pick up some candy canes and powdered sugar.

Peppermint Melt Cookies #dessert #baking #cookiesThese little Peppermint Melt Cookies are a sweet little treat.  They melt in your mouth, hence the name.  They are crumbly little bits of peppermint deliciousness.  These are the kind of cookies Santa would love to have!

Peppermint Melt Cookies
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For the cookies
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1 1/4 cup flour
  5. 1/2 cup cornstarch
For the icing
  1. 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 tbsp milk
  3. 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 2-3 drops red food coloring
  5. 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  6. crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour and cornstarch. Add the flour and cornstarch mixture to the creamed mixture while beating a little at a time. Once combined cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on a lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter. Add the milk, peppermint extract and food coloring and mix until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. Spoon the icing on the cooled cookies and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

There are a few classic recipes you should have in your arsenal and I think Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are one of them.  And I thought everyone had a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe until I was asked for mine.  Twice.  I knew this recipe had to be shared.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessertI’m all for traditional chocolate chip cookies, but sometimes I want something just a little different.  I don’t want to seem so boring.  And sometimes going from round cookies to square cookies is just enough to be exciting!  And well, when you make cookies in bar form they tend to be a little thicker.  And chewier.  And seem chocolateyier.  And they make you make up new words like chocolateyier. 

I shared these with a room full of moms yesterday and they were a hit!  And then I shared the leftovers with a few guys and the loved them, too.  And then I brought the rest home and hubby had to have a few with a big glass of milk.  Who can resist? 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessert

So, if you need to bring a dessert and you don’t want to be boring with round cookies you should definitely try these out!  Bonus!  You probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry!  And if you’re keeping track, yes, I’ve shared a bar cookie recipe before, but that one calls for an ingredient you may not have on hand.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1 cup butter
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 12 oz (2 cups) chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer combine sugars, butter, vanilla egg on medium speed. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. (dough will be stiff).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press the dough in an ungreased rectangular pan (13" x 9" x 2").
  5. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. When cool cut into small squares. (makes about 30 bars)
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Gimme S’more Cookies!

Hey!  Happy Monday!  How was your holiday weekend?  Ours was busy and fun filled and exhausting and lake-tastic.  We’re on our way home today and it’s back to reality.  But I can pretend I’m still at the lake and enjoying the evenings around the fire by making S’more Cookies!  S'more cookies #dessert #recipe #bakingI’m such a sucker for marshmallowy chocolate goodness.  Remember how I made a S’moreclair cake for my birthday last year?  Oh, an that time I made S’more Brownies?  And we cannot spend a spring/summer/fall evening at the lake without making s’mores!  So, of course I love these s’more cookies, too!

S'more cookies #dessert #recipe #bakingMy friend, Sarah, shared this recipe with me and I actually waited a really long time to make them.  And maybe that was a good thing, since I have no self control.  Had I made them sooner I probably would weigh 10 lbs more.  😉

The girls love these cookies, too.  But is that really any surprise?  They’re kids!  And they love chocolate and marshmallow, too.  Hubby wasn’t as big a fan, but that’s mainly because they’re not a fudgy brownie or a peanut butter cookie.  He likes what he likes. 

So now that I love these cookies I’ll be tempted to make them all the time.  Luckily I don’t keep Hershey kisses around, so it takes some preplanning to make these. So they’ll likely only be made for special occasions.  And that’s OK with my waistline me.  OK, enough babbling from me.  Here’s how to make these delicious s’more cookies!

Gimme S’more Cookies!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely crushed graham crackers
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
  • 42 Heshey's kisses

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix oats, flour, crushed graham crackers, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer 30 seconds. Beat in brown and granulated sugars. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture. Chill, covered, for 1 to 4 hours.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto a Silpat lined cookie sheets. Bake cookies in 375 degree oven for 8 minutes; remove from oven.
  4. Using the back of a teaspoon measure, make an indentation in each cookie top. Fill a piping bag with the marshmallow creme. Pipe 1 teaspoon creme into center of each cookie. Push a Hershey's kiss into creme, point side down. Return cookies to oven; bake 2 or 3 minutes more or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Cool completely on wire racks. Makes 42 cookies.
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Add some Kisses to your grocery list and plan to make these for a fun summer treat!

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