Friday, December 9, 2011

Family Traditions

I am continually realizing all the traditions and memories my family has created over the years.  These revelations have been occurring recently as I discuss holidays, most specifically Christmas, with other families.  I love being able to pass on something that my own family enjoys every years.  Yesterday, I shared a cookie tradition with a few families, and now I'm going to share it with you.  These adorable snowmen butter cookies are easy to make, lovely to look at, and most importantly, very delicious to eat.  Enjoy!
Butter Cookie Snowmen

1 c butter (no substitutes), softened
½ c sugar
1 T milk
1 t vanilla extract
2 ¼ c all-purpose flour
red and yellow paste food coloring
miniature chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add milk and vanilla; mix well.  Gradually add flour.  Divide dough in half and keep ½ white.  Tint remaining white 2/3 red and 1/3 yellow.

For snowmen, shape white dough into 24 balls, 1 ¼ inch each; 24 balls ½ inch each; and 24 balls 1/8 inch each.  For bodies, place large balls on two ungreased baking sheets; flatten to 3/8 inch thickness.Place ½ inch balls above bodies for heads; flatten.

Shape red dough into 24 balls, 1/8 inch each, and 24 triangles.  Place triangles above heads for hats; attach 1/8 inch white balls for tassels.  Place red balls on heads for noses.  Divide yellow dough into 24 pieces.  Shape into scarves; position on snowmen.  Add chocolate chip eyes and buttons.  Bake at 325 degrees for 13-16 minutes until set.  Cool 2 minutes before carefully removing to wire racks.  Yield:  2 dozen.

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