So the other day I decided I wanted to make some melted snowman cookies. I was just making it up as I went, with no expectations as to how they would turn out, so a blog post was definitely not in mind when I started the process. These cookies not only ended up being pretty easy to make, but they also turned out way better than I thought they would. So after I snapped a picture of my final product I thought, “I should do a blog post about them!” Unfortunately I was not taking pictures along the way because as I mentioned, I did not have a blog post in mind when I started. But no worries, I still think everyone can make these with step by step instructions, even if there isn’t a picture to accompany each step.
To start you’ll need:
- Cookies – you can either use store-bought cookies or make your own. I made my own sugar cookies and cut the shape with a cookie cutter. You’ll want cookies that have a diameter of at least 4 inches.
- Vanilla Frosting for the melted part of the snowman. Any brand will do, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, etc.
- Marshmallows for the head. Regular size, not the minis.
- Twizzlers Pull’n’Peel for the scarf.
- Black Candy Pearls (sometimes called Black Sugar Pearls) for the eyes, mouth and buttons.
- Brach’s Orange Slices – for the nose. You can also use any other sugar coated orange gummy type candy.
- Chocolate Frosting or Writing Gel for the arms.
- Ziploc bag for piping the frosting (if you have a piping bag, you can also use that, but for those that don’t a ziploc bag works just fine).
Step 1 – Prep your snowman parts! Pull a section of 3 strands from one of the Twizzlers Pull’n’Peels for the scarf. Cut the ends at an angle with either a knife or scissors and set aside. Cut your Brach’s Orange Slices into triangles for the nose and set aside.
Step 2 – Lay out your cookies. If you decided to bake cookies, make sure they have cooled before you begin.
Step 3- Place your vanilla frosting in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring in between. You want to soften the the frosting so that it will flow easily out of your piping (ziploc) bag but you don’t want to melt it into soup.
Step 4 – Spoon the frosting into your ziploc (or piping) bag, then snip a tiny corner off the bag. Pipe a small amount of frosting onto the backs of the Black Candy Pearls and the Orange Slice you cut and stick them to the marshmallow to create the face. Keep in mind the scarf will cover the bottom of the face, so you will want to attach everything up a bit higher on the marshmallow. The frosting acts like glue, but it needs to dry/harden a bit before it will hold the eyes and mouth when the marshmallow is upright, so you need to lay the marshmallows on their side to apply these items. The marshmallows will want to roll once the weight of these items is added, so bunch up a towel on either side of the marshmallow to keep them from rolling.
Step 5 – Squeeze the bag to add frosting in a somewhat circular shape (not too perfect) on top of the cookie. Then squeeze a second layer of frosting on top of the first, but have it more in the center, do NOT go all the way to the edge of the first frosting layer. This gives it more of a melting appearance.
Step 6 – Once you have confirmed the frosting has dried enough that the eyes/nose/mouth won’t fall off, place the marshmallow on top of the frosting, towards the BACK of the frosting “puddle”, leaving room for the scarf and buttons.
Step 7- Wrap the scarf around the head. If you find that the scarf is hitting the mouth, remove the head (marshmallow) and pipe a pile of frosting on the underside of the marshmallow head, then place it back on top of the “puddle”. This extra frosting will raise the head higher to make room for the scarf underneath the mouth.
Step 8 – Add 3 “buttons” to the frosting puddle. If the frosting has dried/ hardened the buttons may not stay well. To rectify this, simply pipe fresh frosting from the bag onto the backs of each button, then place them back on top of the puddle.
Step 9 – If you have the black writing gel, you can simply pipe out the arms right from the tube. Alternatively if you are using chocolate frosting, soften it in the microwave using 10 second intervals (like the vanilla), then place in a Ziploc (or piping) bag, snip off a TINY corner and pipe the arms out.
And that’s it, that’s all it takes to make melting snowman cookies. We’d love to see your creations – post your pictures on Facebook/Instagram and tag us @stencildiystudios.