I love making Christmas Cookies, and the tradition started many years ago when I was 19. I was with my family at our cabin in the Beaver Mountains. It was Christmas Eve, snow was falling lightly and the smell of our freshly cut tree filled the house. I felt inspired to bake Christmas cookies and candy for everyone in Beaver!
I love enlisting kids' help in the kitchen, especially at Christmas, and these cookies, a snickerdoodle with cocoa powder, decorated like Frosty the Snowman, are sure to make little ones (and big ones) smile. So put on Frosty the Snowman or The Snowman and get baking.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unwrap peanut butter cups, cut in half from top to bottom and set half the cut pieces aside. Cut tops off remaining halves and set aside.
Beat together softened butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Stir dry ingredients into sugar and butter mixture. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls, then into sugar. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet (or parchment paper lined sheet) and slightly flatten.
Melt white chocolate in microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring after each burst, until melted. Spoon chocolate over cookie making a puddle of white. While chocolate is still melted, place cut peanut butter cups on each puddle of white to simulate a snowman's top had and brim. Place 2 mini chocolate chips and a single orange sprinkle under the hat brim for eyes and a carrot nose. Allow chocolate to set.