Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I'm melllllting.

The internet is agog over these adorable melting snowman cookies.  Have you heard?  
Oh, they are cuteashell, that's for sure, so we thought we'd give them a try over here at The Wabi-Sabi House...

 Roll a bit.  Eat a bit.  Roll a bit.  Eat a bit. Eat a bit.  Eat a bit.

 Jackdaddy whipping up some frosting.

 HAHAHAH! Aren't they HUHlarious?  Just the funniest damn cookies ever!

This is our Siamese twin cookie.  Finn ate it because it had two marshmallows on top.

The creative genius behind them is a woman named Meghan over at The Decorated Cookie.  (There really should be  a way that she could get compensated because these things have gone completely viral!)
I didn't make her dough because I had heard raves about another cookie dough recipe and I really wanted to try it.  
Normally I am not a big fan of Christmas cookies.  They look good, but usually taste...oh, bland.  
So when a girlfriend swore to me that THESE cookies over at The Kitchn were ta die for, I was mucho feliz to try them.
Oh yea, baby...these are good, good, good sugar cookies.  Really good.  Really, really good. 
(I did not put the almond extract in because I don't like almond flavor in my cookies.  I tripled the lemon zest because I looooooves me some lemon.)   
They. were. delicious.  Thin, but not too crispy...super lemony...not doughy at all.  Our next batch just had sugar on top and oh mah gawd, y'all.  Oink Oink.

Here's the recipe, but do go on over to The Kitchn if you want to read her tips or get the large batch recipe to make a ginourmous amount of them.

Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (Small Batch)
about 3 dozen cookies, depending on size
1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature for an hour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 ounces cream cheese (1/4 of a standard cream cheese package)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and add the sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and beat until golden. Add the cream cheese and again beat until well incorporated. Add the flavorings and lemon zest.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl then add, bit by bit, to the butter/sugar mixture until fully incorporated.

Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour.

Heat the oven to 350° F. Divide the dough into smaller balls and roll out 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out cookies.

Bake cookies for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. The small, thinner ones started browning after about 8 minutes, and I didn't want these brown at all. The larger ones had a slight golden bottom after 11 minutes, which was perfect for my purposes.

Let cool before icing or decorating, and store in a tightly covered container.

Grandmary has been here for a few days and somebody opened his presents early.  (Yours truly might have opened one too. Ahem.) (My family is famous for this.  You know, the old - "Eat dessert first because you just never know" theory.)  
We've been having a grand old time playing with our new goodies.  
More on that tomorrow.

Now go and eat your cookies, dammit!

(PS  Do you see an LL Bean ad at the bottom of this post?   Does it show some furry slipper things?  You go buy some right now.  Those are the best things ever made in the history of the Universe.  I mean that.)


  1. Oh my goodness, how cute are those?? So how do you 'cut out' the odd shaped cookie? Just free-form? The poor little snowmen look like we all did at the end of the danged summer. ;-)

  2. Okay, I went to check out The DEcorated Cookie, and hers, while cute, are too damn perfect. And a sharpie for the face?? Ick. Yours are SO MUCH BETTER. Did you bake the big marshmallow for a few minutes??

  3. The only problem I have with good cookies is I EAT THEM!! I can't stop with just one. These ones are so cute. And nowadays you can find so many ideas. I'm lovin' it.
    ms mdd

  4. wow! those are great! I need to go bake something my own dang self!

  5. Well, here's my 0.2 worth on the cookies. Yes, you gotta put the marshmallows on about 7 minutes into the bake for a little melty action. I think using other candies made the cookies LOOK good, but the combo of sour belts(scarves), red vines (buttons), and carrots was not so good. We ended up peeling everything off to eat them. I think, for eating, you'd be better using cake writing gel stuff. But these were more fun to make because we had to dig around for supplies.

    oh, and, yes, I did cut them out by hand. This is THE best dough! Cut and peeled off perfectly.


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