These melted snowman cookies are an easy winter treat your kids, coworkers, or party guests will LOVE! Made with sugar cookies and decorated to look like snowmen melting in the sun, these cookies will be a hit all winter long.
These melted snowmen are some of my favorite Christmas cookies to make. A few of our other favorites are these Christmas Tree Cookies, Christmas Sugar Cookie Blossoms and Funfetti Chocolate Sugar Cookies recipes.
Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies
We’ve been making these snowman cookies for years now, they’ve sort of become a holiday tradition in our family! The thing I love most about these cookies (besides how cute they are!) is how EASY it is to make them. Depending on how much time you have, or how much effort you want to put in, you can get as homemade as you’d like!
Use your favorite recipes for sugar cookies and vanilla frosting, or buy everything at the store. I’m not judging here! These are actually the perfect way to dress up some store-bought cookies and frosting! The original recipe I tried years ago used a lot of fondant. While the fondant certainly looks cute, it can be hard to work with, plus it doesn’t taste as good. So I modified quite a few things to make it more simple and way better tasting!
How To Make Melting Snowman Cookies
These adorable snowmen are super easy to make. However, if you’re more of a visual learning, there’s a video below that shows you just how easy these cookies really are.
Sugar Cookies – When I make these melted snowmen, I prefer to purchase sugar cookies from the store to make things easier. If you prefer to make your own, here is our favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe.
Melt It – To give your frosting the melted look, start by microwaving it for about 30 seconds. Keep heating it in 30 second intervals until the frosting is runnier than normal.
Spread It – Spread the frosting over the top of each sugar cookie using the back of a spoon. Let some of the frosting dribble over the sides to give it the appearance of it melting once the frosting hardens.
Marshmallows – Heat the marshmallows in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Keep a close eye on them because you don’t want them to double in size. You’ll want to stop the microwave as soon as the marshmallows start to get a little puffy.
Place Them – Spray your fingers with a little cooking spray before placing them on top of each cookie. Make sure you pick up the marshmallows from the base to keep from stretching them out.
Decorate – I used Wilton’s icing tubes to put the details on each of the melted snowman cookies.
Set & Serve – Let the cookies sit until the icing and decorations have set. Then serve and enjoy them!
More Fun Snowman Ideas
- Roll A Snowman Dice Game
- Snowman Popsicle Stick Ornament
- 15 Snowman Treats and Crafts
- Snowman Rice Krispie Treats
- Build A Snowman Activity Kit
Now that you’ve seen just how easy these are to make, here’s the recipe so you can give them a try. Leave us a comment below and let us know how they turned out.
Melted Snowman Cookies Recipe
- 1 dozen sugar cookies, baked and cooled.
- 12 large marshmallows
- frosting , white and orange
- Wilton Decorating Icing Tubes in Black, Red, Green, Blue and Pink
- Melt your white frosting in the microwave at 30 second increments so it is runnier than normal.
- Spread the white frosting over each cookie using the back of a spoon. Let some dribble over the edges for a "puddle" look.
- Place marshmallows on a microwave safe plate, then heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Watch the marshmallows as they cook and stop the microwave as soon as the marshmallows start to get puffy. Do not let them double in size.
- Spray your fingers with cooking spray, and carefully pull the marshmallows off the plate by the base and set them on top of the frosted cookies.
- Decorate as you'd like with the colored frosting.
- Serve and enjoy!
This post originally published in December 2010.
How long can you keep these and do they need to be refrigerated if you are going to serve them the next day? Thanks!
Hi Pat –
I’ve never tried keeping them for longer than a couple of days, so I am not sure what the exact shelf life is. I think the ingredients shouldn’t go bad, I just don’t know if the faces will start to absorb into the marshmallows and not be as cute. And yes, I do refrigerate them if I make them a day ahead of time. Good luck!
They look great, thank you for showing these, I have never seen these before. I will try to make them with my grandchildren.
Thanks! Let me know how they turn out.
These were so fun and delicious! Thank you for sharing.
I am making knees as we speak. I am 63 so my hands are in a stable as yours are LOL but I think they’ll be eaten and everyone will enjoy them. Thank you for an easy tutorial.
these are soooo cute, I almost wouldn’t want to eat them! Thanks for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things! We love having you join us!
These cookies aré absolutely beautiful and fun to eat!
Awesome! Sharing with my grandkids as well as fellow Sandwich Generation caregivers and grandparents. These are fun for all ages! ?⛄️
These are just too cute!
If I use a glaze icing and place the marshmallow on the cookie before it hardens, will the snowman “head” stay on?
They look nice, cheers.
Yummy!!!!!!!! Very nice indeed.
Will have to try them out in the garage, thanks!
Love these…sharing them on the Between Naps on the Porch Facebook page today! Sooo cute!
Yeah mine didn’t turn out as nice. Damn you Pinterest
Can hardly wait to do these. My grand kids will love them.
I bought the same box mix for this. I thought it was so cute and I found this melting snow man cookie box set on sale. I can’t wait to make them.
They look mighty tasty
what a great classroom treat for my grand kids.I can’t wait to do them.Thanks
This idea is super cute!
Those are adorable cookies! Almost wouldn’t want to eat it…almost! hehe.
I just loved it mostly being so simple.
Hi my name is Jenna and I am a high school journalist. I would like to feature these cookies on my food page in our December issue. I was wondering if you would allow me to use your photo if I give you credit on my page? Thank you!
I am SO making these. Adorable!
Do you have a receipe for a turkey looking cake? My granddaughter wants to make one when she comes to visit from Florida for Thanksgiving, and she is 10, and Nanny needs advice? Thank you