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Homemade Yeti Treats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
2 Tbsp peppermint Scnapps
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
250g (2 cups) icing sugar
1 egg white
2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 cup sparkly white finishing sugar for cookies
Optionally, you can blitz a couple candy canes to a powder for the same effect
Get your dry ingredients in one bowl (flour, salt, baking powder). Run a whisk around a couple times instead of sifting to break up the lumps, it works I swear and it sure beats sifting.
In a standup mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour a bit at a time, your kitchen is pretty much guaranteed to look like a winter wonderland. When all the dry stuff is in (other than the stuff that has settled around the kitchen), add the egg, the Schnapps and the peppermint extract and beat it all smooth. Looks and smells like a big wad of chewing gum!
Get the whole mess out of the mixer and wrapped tight in plastic wrap. Blap it into the fridge to cool for at least an hour or more.
Meanwhile stir together the icing ingredients, adding drops of water until you reach the desired consistency for icing, somewhere around soft play-dough.
Get your oven preheated to 350˚F. Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly flour-dusted surface. Roll out the dough to the desired thickness (1/4-1/8 inch or thereabouts) and use your cookie cutter of choice to cut out cookies. My Yetis prefers the bone shape, but they suggest that other Yetis might like to eat Luke Skywalker shaped cookies... it's a nerdy Star Wars reference.
Transfer the cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes until they are golden and lovely. Let the cookies cool completely on a baking rack before icing them. You can't ice a hot cookie.
If you have a pastry bag, you probably already know how to ice a cookie (aren't you a clever carrot), but if you don't or want an easy out, you can just slather it on with a knife. Either way after the icing goes down sprinkle on the sparkle sugar immediately lest the icing firm up and create an unstickable barrier.
Use these lovely little bites to help restore order to your Yeti training sessions. They taste yummy straight from the freezer.
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