You know how sometimes you have an idea and it seems really great until you try it and then it doesn’t quite work out? But you’re really stubborn so you waste all this time to force it to somehow work anyway?
This is what happened with these cookies. I spent most of the weekend baking all the holiday cookies I’ll be giving out to extended family. One of the cookies I always make are snowball cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes. They are so easy to make, don’t require any eggs, can be baked ahead of time, look like snow and melt in your mouth. But rather than make just regular snowballs, I got the idea in my head to make snowmen shaped ones.
First, I tried stacking one dough ball on top of the other before putting them in the oven. As I suspected, the top one just rolled right off, but at least the two balls stay connected, so I had the shape of lying down snowmen.
Then there was a problem of how to create faces on the snowmen. The powdered sugar, while pretty, does not create a good surface to work on.
So I finally got these to look like snowmen, but it took me far longer than I thought it would and their face decorations are quite delicate. One strong push and their eyes and nose go flying off. At least they taste good.
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons contectioners' sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecan
confectioners' sugar for dusting
orange sprinkles for decorating
mini chocolate chips for decorating
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in the chopped pecans. Roll dough into balls about 3/4 of an inch. Place two next to each other to form snowmen body. Space each snowmen about 1 inch apart.
3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. While cookies are still warm, take two mini chocolate chips to use as eyes for the snowmen. Push the tip of the chocolate chips gently into the pecan cookies so that the eyes stick to the cookies. Place an orange sprinkle in the middle for the nose, gently pressing into the cookie so that the sprinkle stays in place.
4. Let cookies cool. After cookies have cooled, dust with confectioners' sugar, covering surface of cookies so that it resembles a thin layer of snow. You can wipe the sugar from the eyes and nose before serving.