Snowmageddon 2015 Snowman Cookies with Gramma’s Cutters {Giveaway}

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Seems fitting since the east coast is digging out from the SECOND major snow storm in less than a month. See here in Michigan we are very used to that kind of snow.I don’t think Massachusetts sees that much snow often. We get to thank Lake Michigan for our constant blanket. We just had a storm ourselves

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And I did what any normal person does in this situation, I made cookies! I once again used a retro style and awesome cookie cutter from Gramma’s Cutters. If you recall, I used Gramma’s Cutters Santa cookie cutter for the Holidays to make these amazingly adorable cuties:

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This time was all about this adorable snowman!

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Isn’t that just the cutest face? If I could I would have naked cookies just to show the details of the cutter but this is a family blog..heehee. I basically took a similar approach for the recipe on this cookie as I did with my Santa cookies because I LOVED the thickness of the cookie. Instead of spice flavors these cookies are lemon flavored.

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These are big cookies, almost 5 inches! I actually ended up making these 3 times and the last time I made them I used buttercream frosting and other items that just did not work they looked terrible.

This time I used Royal Icing. I have never made it at home and wanted a recipe without using a meringue powder and found a recipe that was just a few ingredients! It made LOTS but that is good because you can batch them out to bowls and thin them to the consistency you need. Royal icing for beginners can seem scary but for me I loved it. Then again I am a pastry chef and know that exact measurements create desired results. Its all in the amount of water you add. I will get into that later. My royal icing was perfect. My decorating skills can still use some practice but they turned out cute!

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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 C. Unsalted butter, softened

1/4 C. fresh lemon juice (lemon extract works but its not as natural)

1 C. Brown Sugar, Packed or White sugar if you want whiter cookies, I like brown for flavor.

1 Egg, beaten lightly

1/2 TSP. Vanilla extract (I used 1 TSP because I had imitation)

2 C. All-Purpose Flour

1/2 TSP. salt

1 TSP baking powder

 

Instructions: (this is a refrigerated dough, you have to let the dough chill out at least 4 hours)

Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer. While you do that, add your dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Set Aside.

Add your egg, wipe the sides of the bowl, and continue mixing, adding the vanilla.

In small batches, add the flour mixture until blended.

Form ball with dough, wrap in plastic wrap and throw it in the fridge for at least 4 hours, overnight is better.

Let dough sit for ten minutes at room temp, we need pliable dougn :)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)n. Line your cookie sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper.

Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch. I know it seems thick but you need thick dough or Santa’s face won’t fill in all the way. Cut your cookies, re-rolling leftover doughs to get 12 cookies out of the dough.

Bake cookies until the edges just start to brown, 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies chill on the pan for 1 minute before transferring them to the cooling rack.

 

Royal Icing

4 C. sifted Powdered sugar

5 large egg whites

1/2 TSP. Cream of Tartar

Water

Add sugar, eggs and cream of tartar to a mixing bowl and mix on low until it starts coming together, then put it on high for 2.5 minutes. Stop the mixer to scrape the bowl and add flavor if you want, then mix it on high for another couple of minutes or until the sheen is lost. It will be very thick, stiff peaks. In this state it is perfect as a glue for gingerbread houses and the like. Keep the mixture covered when not in use it dries VERY fast.

Decorating:

I used Wilton gel colors in blue and black. For the flooding I added about 1 tsp to the bowl of frosting to thin it. You don’t want it just running super fast, you want it to run smooth and then the trail will disappear into the smooth icing. I also thinned out some white with 1/2 tsp of water to make borders. This isn’t always necessary but it was my first time and I didn’t want the icing flood to go off the cookie.

Because the recipe makes it dry fast, you need to work fast. Fill in your small areas first with a pastry bag or parchment cone, using a toothpick to tap the top and make it spread out and into the corners. Keep the tips of your bags covered in a wet towel so that they don’t dry out. Take your time when you outline. I did the white last. I love the smooth and will use this recipe for some cookies later in the year.

Now for the Giveaway!

Gramma’s Cutters is giving away the Happy Days cutters set that contains the Snowman!

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To Enter: Leave me a comment below telling me what your weather is RIGHT NOW! Is it a blizzard? Nice and Sunny? Tell Me!

I can’t require you to do this but if you want 5 extra entries, go LIKE GRAMMA’S CUTTERS ON FACEBOOK PRETTY PLEASE!

If you leave them a comment just to them (don’t have to say I sent you) I will give you 2 more entries

If you share the Gramma’s Cutters Facebook page on your Facebook or Twitter, I will give you 1 more entry

(That means you can get 8 more entries (leave a separate comment for each, yes that is 9 comments) by helping me give the Gramma’s Cutters Facebook page some love!)

 

This contest ends March 5th at 11:59 PM. (This giveaway was etended due to my illness and not being able to promote) US Entrants only please! I was given a gift and cutters to facilitate the reviews and create recipes, but opinions and words are all my own

About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. an an AAS degree in Photographic Imaging from Lansing Community College. She also loves to blog about food, fun tech and travel. Email Candace

Comments

  1. slight breeze with temps hitting 20 degrees tonight

  2. Debbie Welchert says:

    Right now it is a nice 37 degrees out and all of our snow is melting away. It’s suppose to get really cold this weekend.

  3. Rebecca Parsons says:

    Our weather right now is bitter cold with a chance of snow up to 3 inches.

  4. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I LIKED GRAMMA’S CUTTERS ON FACEBOOK by Rebecca Williams Parsons

  5. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I commented on their facebook page on this link https://www.facebook.com/grammascutters/posts/1021713841189093

  6. Diana Reid says:

    It is VERY cold here in Michigan today, and overcast with a few snowflakes dancing around.

  7. David Lintz says:

    It is in the mid 40’s today, but the low on Thursday is supposed to be -7.

  8. David Lintz says:

    I liked Gramma’s Cutters on FB as David Lintz.

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  11. Shannon Baas says:

    It is nice out today.

  12. angela cunningham says:

    it was sunny but very very cold

  13. Cool and pleasant… but snow is a-coming soon =/

  14. I liked Gramma’s Cutters Inc on facebook.

  15. Michelle W says:

    It is in the high 30’s after all day snow yesterday leaving about 4 inches on the ground

  16. Michelle W says:

    I LIKE GRAMMA’S CUTTERS ON FACEBOOK – Michelle Walters

  17. Brittney House says:

    It started snowing around 5pm and will continue through tomorrow.

  18. It’s cold and blah!

  19. No snow here but it is way tooooo cold!

  20. Susan Chester says:

    Here in Portland Oregon it is mild and damp. It is acting like spring!

  21. Susan Chester says:

    I liked Grammas Cutters on facebook as Susan Chester

  22. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    It’s nice and sunny outside.

  23. Francine Anchondo says:

    Freezing drizzle and outside it is like a sheet of ice.

  24. Erica B. says:

    It’s just cold and rainy now…but going to start snowing again tomorrow.

  25. Michelle D says:

    Cold but sunny in Western Washington!

  26. Stephanie Davis says:

    Oh the weather outside is frightful, but these cookies they look delightful! 🙂

    Like #436 on facebook as Stephanie Davis, and I left a comment on their page as well.

  27. Breanne says:

    It’s quite cold outside!

  28. Laurie Emerson says:

    I live in the south and today was 69 and tonight will be be 66. Tomorrow however it is going to plunge into the 30’s and 50’s!

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  30. Candie L says:

    We have about 6 inches of snow right now. Thank you

  31. amy deeter says:

    we have about 8 inches of snow on the ground.it isn’t snowing now ,but we have had it rough this winter

  32. amy deeter says:

    i like gramma’s cutters inc on fb under amy deeter

  33. amy deeter says:

    i wrote on their wall and told them that you sent me under amy deeter

  34. amy deeter says:

    i shared their page on my twitter under amy16323

  35. Trisha McKee says:

    It is a winter storm the past couple days. Cold, windy, and snowy.

  36. WE had ice yesterday. Not too bad today but not warm enough for it to melt.

  37. so cute and fun!

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