Wrap these chocolate-topped snowmen in colored tissue and place them inside holiday containers. Like real snowmen, they disappear fast!Yield: 48 servings
|1 cup||butter, softened|
|1 (8-ounce) package||cream cheese, softened|
|1 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|1/4 teaspoon||almond extract|
|1/4 teaspoon||coconut extract|
|3 1/2 cups||all-purpose flour|
|1 teaspoon||baking powder|
|miniature semisweet chocolate chips, and green and red m&m's minis|
|1 cup||confectioners' sugar|
|1/8 teaspoon||coconut extract|
|2 to 4 teaspoons||teaspoons 2% milk|
|red and/or green food coloring|
|miniature milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped|
In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into forty-eight 1-in. balls, forty-eight 3/4-in. balls and forty-eight 1/2-in. balls. On ungreased baking sheets, place one ball of each size, side by side, for each snowman.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven; cool on pans 2 minutes. Press on chocolate chips for eyes and M&M's for buttons. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to reach a piping consistency. If two colors of frosting are desired, transfer half of the frosting to another bowl; tint with food coloring.
Cut a small hole in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; fill with frosting. Pipe scarves on snowmen. Use frosting to attach chocolate kisses for hats. Yield: 4 dozen.