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These would be the perfect cookies to make with kids on Christmas eve to set out for Santa! Not only are they cute and fun, but they’re absolutely delicious. A soft and chewy sugar cookie base with cream cheese frosting, white chocolate, chocolate chips, marshmallows and sprinkles!
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in the flour mixture until it forms a dough.
Roll the dough into 2 tablespoon-sized balls and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet spacing them at least an inch apart. Flatten the balls slightly with the palm of your hand so they are round, then bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are set.
Remove pan from the oven and after a minute or two put the cookies onto a cooling rack. Let cookies cool completely on a cooling rack before decorating.
Meanwhile in a medium sized bowl using a mixer, beat together all of the frosting ingredients.
Spread frosting onto each cookie then decorate as desired. I used red sprinkles for the hat, then added 2 chocolate chips right below the hat (for eyes) and half of a red M&M right below that for the nose. I added a miniature marshmallow at the very top of the hat and grated white chocolate below the nose to serve as the beard. See photo above or the related blog post for more details. Enjoy!
Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, and commemorates the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child. Growing up, our church would celebrate with Epiphany Cakes, which were filled with trinkets signifying different things. A fun way to celebrate the twelve day of Christmas with your kids! (Note: Be careful with small objects; make sure kids know they’re in the cake.)
The main thing to remember about peppernuts is that they are tiny, about a third to a half inch, no larger. Peppernuts are a tradition in many German families. They came to our area with the Mennonite immigration in the 1870′s. Imagine generations of people grabbing a handful or two of peppernuts and munching away and you have a tradition worth continuing.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!