- Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare Basic Dough. Shape dough into ten 1-1/2-inch balls, ten 1-inch balls, and ten 3/4-inch balls. Roll balls in coarse sugar.
- For each snowperson, arrange a 1-1/2-inch ball, a 1-inch ball, and a 3/4-inch ball about 1/2 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Slightly flatten 1-1/2-inch ball. Press miniature candy-coated pieces or other candies into 1-1/2-inch and 1-inch ball for buttons; press miniature semisweet pieces into the 3/4-inch balls for eyes. If desired, insert a crafts stick into the 1/2-inch ball. Build snowfolk 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 2 minutes on the baking sheet. Carefully transfer snowfolk to a wire rack and cool completely. (Do not pick up by sticks, if using, until cookies are completely cool.) Attach Gumdrop Hats to snowfolk with canned frosting. Makes 10 snowfolk.
From the Test Kitchen
Sprinkle a cutting board with granulated sugar. Place one gumdrop on board and sprinkle with more sugar. With a rolling pin, roll gumdrop into an oval about 1/4 inch thick. Curve to form a hat and press edges together to seal. If desired, bend up gumdrop edge for brim.
Place cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.