A picture of these cookies is one of the first things I "repinned" on Pinterest when I first joined back in August. I knew they would make the perfect preschool snack this winter. The recipe originally came from the blog My Pretty Purse.
2 (4 oz.) bars Nestle Premier White chocolate
1 tbsp shortening
12 Nutter Butter cookies
12 orange Tic Tacs, ⅓ cut off
36 mini M&Ms
Black decorator gel icing
Break the white chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl with the shortening. Microwave on 70% power for 45 seconds. Stir. Microwave an additional 45 minutes if necessary. Stir until smooth.
Dip cookies individually in melted chocolate using two forks to roll them around. Use the forks to lift them out and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Once all the cookies have been dipped, place a cut-off Tic Tac on each one where the nose should be. Then place 3 mini M&Ms on each one to make buttons. Using a very light hand, draw eyes and a mouth on each cookie with the decorator icing.
Allow a couple of hours for them to set completely. Even after setting, be careful with the eyes and mouth as the black icing may smudge.
Makes a dozen cookies.
Aren't they just the cutest things ever? And they are incredibly easy to make. I didn't have enough of the Nestle white chocolate to cover all the cookies I wanted to make, so I used some white melting candies for the remainder, but it didn't work as well. It didn't coat it as smoothly, and I had trouble getting the black icing to stick to it.
I didn't change very much about the original recipe, except to specify quantities. I used three mini M&Ms instead of two regular ones. My snowmen only had brown, yellow, and blue buttons because I used the red and green M&Ms to make my candy covered chocolate dipped pretzel rods at Christmastime.
Apparently, there was a discussion in my daughter's class as they were eating these, whether they were cookies or candy. Lena said, "I said they were cookies, but this other girl said they were candies." I told her that they were both right, because they were cookies with candies on them. She thought this was a genius answer and told me that she would be sure to relay this information to the other girl the next time she saw her. I'm going to treasure these times she thinks my answers to her questions are genius, because I know it won't last forever!