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Snowman Christmas Cookies

 Snowman Christmas Cookies
Get the kids in on the action when you make these cheesecakey cookies—just roll away. The snowmen look adorable on a cookie tray. —Cathy Medley, Clyde, Ohio
50 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 50 pretzel sticks
  • Decorating icing of your choice
  • Orange gumdrops

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and 2 cups sugar until
  • blended. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour,
  • baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes or until firm enough to
  • shape.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Place remaining sugar in a shallow bowl.
  • For each cookie, shape dough to make one 1-in. ball, one 3/4-in.
  • ball and one 1/2-in. ball; press together to form a snowman. Gently
  • coat with sugar. Repeat with remaining dough. Place snowmen 2 in.
  • apart on ungreased baking sheets.

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Snowman Christmas Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Break pretzel sticks in half; press into snowmen for arms. Bake 15-18
  • minutes or until bottoms are light brown.
  • Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Pipe
  • icing on snowmen to form scarves, eyes, buttons and mouths. Use
  • icing to attach gumdrops for noses. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 119 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 105 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.