White Christmas: Festive Crafts and Treats

Source: Parents Magazine

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prep:
35 mins
chill:
180 mins
bake:
5 mins to 8 mins at 375°per batch
Servings:
16
Max Servings:
22
Yield:
16 ( 3 1/2-inch) or 22 (2 1/2-inch) sandwich cookies
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Snowy Sandwiches

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Directions

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  • In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in molasses, egg, and vinegar until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough about 3 hours or until easy to handle.

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a cookie sheet; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8- to 1/4- inch thick. Using a 2-1/2- or 3 1/2-inch snowflake-shaped cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.

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  • Bake in the preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Spread about 1 tablespoon frosting on the flat side (bottom) of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches.

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  • Fill pastry bag fitted with a small round tip with Creamy white frosting. Pipe snowflake design atop cookies. Sprinkle immediately with coarse sugar.

Nutrition Facts (Snowy Sandwiches)

82 calories; total fat 3g; saturated fat 1g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterol 6mg; sodium 28mg; potassium 77mg; carbohydrates 13g; sugar 5g; protein 1g; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 16mcg; calcium 10mg; iron 1mg.

Creamy White Frosting

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  • In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

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