Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snowman Teacups -- Guest Post from Sweet Sugarbelle

If I was stuck on a deserted island, and I could only take one thing with me, I would choose Callye from The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle. She's really, really creative and has a way of looking at things from a surprising angle. So you know, she could probably find a way to turn sand and leaves into a sailboat and we would be out of there in a couple of days. But just in case it took a few weeks, she also makes the best cookies EVER...so we'd be set. Plus, she's super nice. She'd probably agree to do a guest post or something for me while.....wait a minute -- she already has! She's HERE. Today. Guest posting. Go ahead. Just say hi to her!

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Howdy y’all.  Don’t panic.  I don’t really talk that way all the time, only when I’m in a new place trying to subtly tell people that this blog has been hijacked by a Texan.  

So, here I am. The cookie baking Texan.  Nice to meet y’all.  By the way, I don’t say howdy much, but I do say y’all all the time.  

Anywhoo …Texans are kind of known for being friendly.  As a matter of fact, the name Texas comes from the Caddo Indian word meaning “friend”.    There’s your history lesson for the day.

I’ll admit, after a few years in Virginia, I developed a few non-Texan traits.  But when it comes to friendliness, I’m all Texan.  I like making new friends almost as much as I like baking cookies.

A couple of weeks ago Georganne asked me if I’d like to swing by her bloggy-o and share a snowman cookie. She said she wasn’t quite ready to let winter pass us by, I had to agree.  So, even though I live in the desert, and know zero about real life snow, I had an idea.  

And wouldn’t you know, after I made these, we had the snowstorm of all snowstorms!  It couldn’t have worked out better if I planned it.


To begin you’ll need to piece together the cookies.  This will require a snowman and teacup cookie cutter.  It doesn’t really matter if they’re exactly the same as mine.  As long as they’re close, it’ll work.

Cut out snowmen cookies and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Be sure to leave a little room for the teacup additions.  Next, use the teacup cutter to trim the snowman as I did below. Place a teacup cookie into the space you made.


Make sure they are touching and bake.  My recipe works well for pieced cookies, but if you have one you love, use it.  The general rule is the larger surface area that’s touching; the less likely they are to break.  Also, make sure they are completely cool before moving them.  Warm cookies are super fragile.

Now to decorate.  Choose the color scheme you’d like to use for the cookies.  I’ve done a pastel version before, but this time I was in the mood for rich “Christmas-y” colors.  Anyone else feel like they missed Christmas?

Anyway, outline the cookie. Except don’t do the little inside the cup thing I did.  I planned to make it look like the snowman was sitting in hot chocolate, but it just ended up an unnecessary step.  

By the way, it wasn’t until I started explaining this that I realized that if Frosty were REALLY sitting in a boiling hot cup of cocoa, he’d be writhing in pain.  So, I’m glad I skipped it. It was really for the best.


Next fill the spaces in alternating sections.  At this point they will need to dry completely, so this would be a good time to call it a night.


The next day, add the details.  I used a stencil for the snowflake, outlined the cup, and added a hatband.


Soon after came the brim, face, and a cute little scarf.


Finally, you’re finished.  Cute, huh!


Now that the snow is melted, this is probably the closest I will be to a snowman until next year.


Hope y’all like these and aren’t stuck with the melting snowman image from earlier.
Remember I said I like new friends?  Well I was telling the truth.  Feel free to hop on over to my place, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle and say hello.  I’ll be waiting for you!

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