Melted Snowman Cookies

by Dec 14, 2022North Brunswick, Recipes

Baking cookies is more than preparing sweet treats — it’s about making memories.

“Can we bake cookies?” asked my six-year-old granddaughter while visiting last Saturday. She loves to bake, and we always have fun making cookies together before the holidays. “Yes,” I replied. “I have a new recipe that I think you’re going to love!”

We got all of our ingredients on the counter and prepared our baking sheets. She looked at a picture of the cookies and laughed.

“These snowmen are melting, Grammy,” she said.

Melted Snowman Cookies start with a shortbread cookie base and get decorated with frosting, marshmallows and colorful embellishments. We used some white frosting for the snow puddle, Twizzler Pull and Peel candy for the red scarves and confetti sprinkles for the nose and buttons.

Each time we bake together, I try to introduce my granddaughter to a new kitchen tool or technique. Last year we made Lady Locks, and she learned how to use a piping bag to fill each cookie of wrapped dough with a fluffy filling. She surprised me and piped the cream into more than 4 dozen cookies.

Making Melted Snowman Cookies

My granddaughter was most fascinated this year by the edible marker that we used to make the eyes and mouth of the snowmen. She was skeptical about using a marker to dot the features on the marshmallows to make each face. “Are you sure we can eat this?” she asked a few times.

We bake something new each year and my granddaughter exclaims, “These are my favorite cookies!” But what she doesn’t realize yet is that we aren’t just making holiday cookies, we are making lifetime memories, too.

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Melted Snowman Cookies
Baking cookies is more than preparing sweet treats — it’s about making memories.
Cookies Melted Snowman
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword candy, cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword candy, cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Cookies Melted Snowman
Instructions
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  2. Gradually add the flour until combined. The dough will be crumbly. Place the dough on a clean work surface and knead the dough until it forms a ball, about two minutes.
  3. Cut the dough in half. Roll half of the dough between two sheets of parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut circles. Place cookies one inch apart on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Repeat process with second half of dough.
  4. Bake for 20-24 minutes. Cookies should be just slightly golden. Cool completely on wire racks before decorating.
  5. Spread frosting in the shape of a puddle on each cookie. This can be done with a butter knife or a piping bag. Warming your frosting for 15 seconds in the microwave before placing it in a piping bag makes it easier to spread.
  6. While frosting is soft, add a large marshmallow to the side of each cookie.
  7. Peel a strip of red licorice to use as the scarf. Wrap it carefully around the base of the marshmallow and push down slightly to secure it to the frosting. Trim ends as needed.
  8. Use a black food marker or chocolate sprinkles to make the eyes and mouth of each snowman.
  9. Use the confetti sequins to make the buttons in the snow and use the orange sequins for the nose.
  10. Draw two branches (arms) for each snowman using the black writing gel.
Additional Tips:
  1. Turn your cookies into chocolate shortbread by modifying the recipe as follows: 1 cup butter, softened ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup baking cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. Turn Melted Snowman Cookies into No-Bake cookies by using a graham cracker for the base instead of a shortbread cookie.
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