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Snowmen Shortbread Cookies

Snowmen Shortbread Cookies

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  • Yield: 4 dozen cookies
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Bake 12 mins

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  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded tangerine or orange peel
  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing
  • Small candies (optional)
  • Gumdrop Hats and Scarves (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Beat till combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in tangerine peel and any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill dough 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time till about 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into shapes using a 3- to 4-inch snowman-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 12 minutes or till edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Frost with Powdered Sugar Icing. If you like, while icing is still wet, decorate with small candies for nose and buttons and add Gumdrop Hats and Scarves. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Powdered Sugar Icing


  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk, plus additional if needed


  1. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

(Snowmen Shortbread Cookies)

sodium (mg) 34, vit. C (mg) 0, fiber (g) 0, sat. fat (g) 5, chol. (mg) 22, Fat, total (g) 8, carb. (g) 11, vit. A (IU) 292, pro. (g) 1, iron (mg) 1, calcium (mg) 10, cal. (kcal) 123

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