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Christmas Baking

18 December, 2015

Baking is such an enjoyable thing to do, so why not make some cakes with the kids for the office, their school, neighbours, friends and family. Cupcakes in particular make an ideal festive treat and are perfect to bake and decorate with the kids; cookies and biscuits too. A personal favourite of ours here at NGC Europe is melting snowman cookies. One of the best baking blogs around we think, is by Jamie a middle school teacher by day and a baker by night, called ‘My Baking Addiction’.


The melting snowmen cookies are as tasty as they are easy to make. Here is her recipe taken from Betty Crocker below. Why not give it a go? They take 45 minutes in total, 9 minutes to cook and make 20 cookies.


1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 large egg, 1 package (1 lb) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark) black sugar pearls or black candy confetti orange candy coated sunflower seeds or orange sprinkles, white sparkling sugar various festive sprinkles.


1. Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. 2. Roll half the dough into walnut-size balls, and then flatten slightly on a parchment-lined or ungreased cookie sheet. Roll remaining dough into marble-size balls, and place on cookie sheet; do not flatten these. 3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Cool about 5 minutes or until cookies are firm enough to be transferred to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting. 4. In large microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating at 30-second intervals until it can be stirred smooth. Cover work surface with waxed or parchment paper. 5. Place a dot of melted coating on bottom of a small cookie and place it toward one edge of a larger cookie. Spoon coating over entire cookie, allowing some to spill over edge of bottom cookie. 6. Place two black sugar pearls or confetti pieces on small cookie for eyes, and an orange candy coated sunflower seed or sprinkle in center for a carrot nose. Place three sugar pearls or black confetti sprinkles as “buttons” on the bottom cookie. Alternatively, you can decorate one large cookie in the same manner, to represent a completely melted snowman. 7. If desired, use cookie icing to draw on arms. Sprinkle with snowflakes or other festive sprinkles; allow to dry completely. 8. Store cookies in airtight container.