Friday, December 18, 2009
5 Days of Cookies - Saint Nick Cereal Cookies
Makes 16 cookies
1 bag (10.5 oz) miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup vanilla baking chips
7 cups Cheerios
1 container (1 lb) white frosting
3 teaspoons red decorating sugar
2 small red gumdrops, cut crosswise into 4 rounds, then cut in half (for mouths)
32 blue miniature M&M's
16 red miniature M&M's
1. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, letting foil hang over 2 opposite sides of pan; spray bottom and sides of foil with cooking spray. Reserve 16 marshmallows. In 2 1/2-quart nonstick saucepan, heat remaining marshmallows, the butter, peanut butter, and baking chips over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until butter and marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
2. Places cereal in large bowl; pour marshmallow mixture over cereal. Spray wooden spoon or rubber spatula with cooking spray; use to stir marshmallow mixture into cereal. Spread and pat cereal mixture in pan using sprayed utensil. (just like making Rice Crispy Treats!)
3. Remove cereal mixture from pan by lifting with foil; peel back foil. Using large knife, cut mixture in half lengthwise into 2 rectangles. To mark 1 rectangle for cutting, place toothpick at each end of one long side; add 3 toothpicks to same side, about every 3 inches, dividing into fourths. In other long side, place toothpick 1 1/2 inches from each end; add 3 toothpicks to same side, about every 3 inches, diving into thirds. Cut diagonally across rectangle from toothpick to toothpick, forming triangles. Press together 2 end pieces to form eight triangle. Repeat with remaining rectangle.
4. For each cookie, spread frosting from top point to cover top 1/3 of triangle. Place 1 marshmallow at point. Sprinkle red sugar over frosting for hat. Spread frosting over lower 1/3 of cookie for beard; add gumdrop piece at top center of beard for mouth. Add 3 dots if icing to face are for attaching blue M&M's for eyes and red M&S for nose. Let stand until frosting is set.