I know this is a little late for Christmas, but if the snow is falling (or you miss the snow) you and your kids will love making these cookies.
Now, I am not taking credit for coming up with this idea, as I have had them before, made by friends. But, I have not seen an Instructable on them, so I thought I would publish a how-to-do.
Step 1: Ingredients
I used basic sugar cookies for this Instructable, but you can use any cookie base you want. It's the decorations that make everything
1 cup shortening or butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
Step 2: Mixing It Up
In large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add alternately to shortening mixture with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
Step 3: Just Chill.....
Cover dough and chill in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. (If chilled overnight, let dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling out.)
Step 4: ....And Bake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough using floured rolling pin to about 1/4" thickness. Cut with cookie cutters.
Or you can roll the dough into 1" balls, place on cookie sheets and flatten with the bottom of a water glass dipped in sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes until very light golden brown around edges. Let cool on cookie sheets for about a minute, then remove to wire rack to cool completely
Step 5: Ice Ice Baby....
Coat the cookies in icing (I did it when the cookies were still warm to help add to the authenticity of melting snowmen)
add a large marshmallow for a head. It does not have to look pretty as the messier the better.
Once the icing is hard, put the cookies in the microwave for a couple seconds to melt the marshmallow heads (just a little)
Step 6: Decorate to the Death....
Use the icing pens to decorate to your desired look. Be creative. I cut little pieces of orange jelly beans for the nose
I hope you enjoyed this Instructable and please post pics of your creations.