Winter Penguin Iceberg Cookies

These fun Holiday Penguin Iceberg Cookies are so much fun for Christmas parties or gift giving in the winter time. 

They are made out of sweet buttery vanilla sugar cookies, topped with a simple peppermint icing and little mint chocolate penguins on top for a cute and festive touch! 

So these start with a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough. I partnered with Krusteaz to make these, using their Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix to make these even easier. So just bake your cookies and let them cool completely while you make the icing and cute little penguins to go on top. I used some junior mint candies for the penguins because they are the perfect little shape and the mint gives them a really festive flavor but you can really use any small dark chocolate round or almond shaped candy like chocolate covered almonds or mini peppermint patties, if you can’t find these. 

PREP

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings:  12

INGREDIENTS

1 package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix 
1 egg
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoon warm water
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
Blue food coloring
Spice drops
Small dark chocolate candy or chocolate covered almonds 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. If necessary, soften cold butter in microwave on HIGH power for 10-15 seconds. For best results, do not melt butter. Stir together cookie mix, egg and butter until dough forms, hand kneading if necessary.  

Shape cookie dough into 12 larger cookies (about 1 rounded tablespoon of cookie dough), and 12 small cookies (about 2 teaspoons of cookie dough). Bake 9-11 minutes for larger cookies, and about 3-4 minutes for small cookies. Cool completely. 

Stir together powdered sugar, warm water and peppermint extract until smooth. Set aside 1/4 of the icing in a plastic sandwich bag and add one drop of blue food coloring to the remaining icing. Spread the blue icing on top of cooled cookies.

Flatten the white spice drops into small rectangular shapes for the iceberg, and place on top of iced cookie.  

To make the penguin, cut off a tiny piece from the corner of the bag of white icing and squeeze on a circle and dot on 2 eyes to the front of the small dark chocolate candy. 

Roll a piece of yellow spice drop to form a beak and two feet, and attach using the white icing. Once icing has dried dot on two little pupils on the eyes with the blue food coloring and a toothpick.

Create hats, earmuffs, scarves, Christmas trees and decorations, if desired, with the colored spice drops and sprinkles.

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