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Melted Snowman Cookies

These adorably cute Melted Snowman Cookies have quickly become a must bake holiday cookie for both kids and adults alike to enjoy!

The decorated marshmallow snowman sits top of a delicious hot chocolate chip cookie. It really is so much fun to give the melted snowman their own personalities in how you decorate them.


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Snowman Cookies

There are not many Christmas cookies that get the attention that these melted snowman can deliver on holiday cookie platters. The first time I saw these cute snowman cookies I knew that I just had to make them!

The reactions from friends and family when they first see these melted snowman treats range from “wow those are so adorable how did you make them”, to our sons saying “oh I cannot wait to eat them”.

Everyone wants to please and wow their quests with a show-stopper cookie during the holidays! Melted marshmallow snowman cookies recipe from scratch are at the top of the Christmas baking lists for many people this year, especially for snowman desserts.

We are going to show you how to make these elaborate-looking yet easy decorated melted snowman Christmas cookies, into an easy melted snowman cookie with our step by step easy to follow instructions.

I hope you can enjoy this amazing snowman cookies recipe as much as we do, helping to create lasting holiday memories in your family for many years to come!

You can also try these must bake holiday cookie recipes, green Grinch cookies, easy snowball cookies and the best grandma’s shortbread!

  • Show-stopper cute as a button cookies
  • Has turned into a holiday season must-bake Christmas cookie for your holiday baking tray
  • Easy to customize recipe for snowman cookies
  • Kid-friendly holiday activity to make lasting memories decorating these snowman cookies
  • Can use your favorite homemade or store bought cookie as a base
  • Perfect cookie for bake sales and holiday food gift giving

You can find the full recipe ingredient list with the amounts on the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • Butter and eggs – at room temperature
  • All purpose flour
  • Hot Chocolate Powder
  • Chocolate chips
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla extract – I like to use pure vanilla extract for best cookie flavor
  • Baking soda and Salt

Icing ingredients for Christmas snowman cookies

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Clear Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Marshmallow Creme
  • Butter
  • Salt

Decorating supplies for melting snowman cookies

  • Marshmallows – the head of the melting snowman
  • Mini M&M’s – for the adorable snowman buttons
  • Black Cookie Icing – for the snowman hands
  • Pull and Peel Licorice – this snowman scarf feature really adds texture to the look and appeal of the wonderful snowman cookies
  • Black and Orange Edible Writing Marker for Icing – for decorating the facial feature of the snowman on the marshmallow

Substitutions for the recipe for melted snowman cookies

The easiest substitution is to use your favorite store-bought cookies as the base for your melting marshmallow snowman cookies. Our local grocery store sells amazing specialty chocolate chip and sugar cookies at their coffee counter that would be perfect to help making these snowman cookies easy.

You can use your favorite chocolate chips like dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips in making the snowman chocolate chip cookie base.

You could also use Reese’s pieces or your favorite candy as a substitute for the M&M’s for the cute buttons on the melting snowman.

Instead of using the red licorice for the snowman scarf you can substitute using a red gel or red icing. Or as we have done mix it up by making some wit the scarf and some without the scarf.

Step by step instructions for how to make melted snowman cookies

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

STEP ONE – To make the cookies: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

STEP TWO- Add the egg and beat well. Mix in the vanilla extract.

STEP THREE – In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, hot chocolate powder, baking soda, and salt.

STEP FOUR – Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft cookie dough forms.

STEP FIVE – Stir in the mini chocolate chips.

STEP SIX – Drop 1 ½ rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

STEP SEVEN – Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are slightly crisp around the edges (the cookies will be flat, but this is best for decorating). Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely

STEP EIGHT – To make the icing: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.

STEP NINE – Add the marshmallow cream and continue to beat until well combined.

STEP 10 – Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat until the icing is smooth and fluffy. Add the milk a little at a time until the icing is smooth and easily spreadable (it should slowly drip off the paddle when lifted). Adjust the consistency by adding more powdered sugar to thicken, or more milk to thin.

How to make the melting snowman

STEP 11 – Once the cookies have cooled completely, spread or pipe the marshmallow cream icing onto the tops of the cookies using a spoon or plastic bag with the corner cut off. Smooth it using the back of a spoon. Try to leave random space between the icing and edge of the cookie while spreading to create a “melting snow” effect.

STEP 12 – To decorate: Cut the bottom ¼ off of the marshmallows (to make them look more like they’re melting) and draw button eyes and mouths with the black edible marker or icing. Then draw a carrot nose with the orange edible marker or icing. 

STEP 13 – Place the marshmallow in the icing on the upper half of the cookie, nearly at the edge of the icing. Add the licorice scarf by putting one end onto the icing, then wrapping it around the marshmallow completely. 

Decorating snowman cookies

STEP 14 – Add 3 mini M&M’s for buttons, then draw arms with black icing (I used a premade icing bag that has the tip included). 

Enjoy your adorable hot cocoa melted snowman cookies!

Variations for snowman cookies (melting snowman recipe)

The are many great variations for this recipe for snowman cookies that are a fun way to mix things up for making melting snowman cookies.

Make the snowman melted marshmallow cookies as a melted snowman peanut butter cookies using my peanut butter cookie recipe with mini Reese’s peanut butter cup as a cute hat on the marshmallow!

Snowman sugar cookies is a popular fun variation to make using my jumbo sugar cookie base for the melted snowman cookies.

Gingerbread melted snowman cookies are another fun snowman cookie variation to make, full of holiday gingerbread flavor.

Make them look like Frosty the snowman cookies by using your imagination as to how Frosty looks like starting with his famous hat and broom!

Sandra’s top tips for making the best melted snowman cookies

  • Using room temperature butter and eggs always gives the best baking results
  • Plan ahead and get your supplies ready before you start
  • If your planning to decorate them with kids it is a good idea to make the cookies ahead of time the day before so your only decorating on the day that you make them
  • The icing does not dry quickly so you have some time to decorate them

There are 397 calories in this recipe of melted snowman cookies. That will vary depending on the cookie base you use and how you choose to decorate your snowman.

Storage and freezing instructions for recipe melted snowman cookies

Storage for marshmallow snowman cookies

Store melting snowman cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the fridge for 7 days. Use parchment paper to separate any layers is a good idea for easy serving.

Can you freeze marshmallow melted snowman cookies

Well… yes and no! You can freeze the cooled baked hot chocolate chip cookie base in a freezer-safe container or freezer zippered bags for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw cookies at room temperature and decorate with melted marshmallow snowman when ready to serve. This would help save some time during the busy holiday season to make the cookie base in advance for the snowman cookies.

We do not recommend freezing the decorated melted snowman cookies as they would not hold their shape well, to enjoy them properly.

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Snowman cookies on a white plate.

Melted Snowman Cookies


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 18 cookies

Description

These adorably cute Melted Snowman Cookies have quickly become a must bake holiday cookie for both kids and adults alike to enjoy!


Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup hot chocolate powder (I used milk chocolate cocoa mix)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)

For the Marshmallow Cream Icing:

3/4 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups marshmallow cream

2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract (to keep the icing white)

A pinch of salt

1/4 cup milk

For Decorating:

18 regular marshmallows

Pull n’ peel licorice, cut into 6 1/2-inch long strings (I put the scarves on half of the cookies)

Mini M&M’s (Regular ones will be too big for this size cookie)

Black cookie icing

Black edible writing marker (optional if using cookie icing for eyes and mouth)

Orange icing or writing marker


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. To make the cookies: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and beat well. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, hot chocolate powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a soft cookie dough forms.
  5. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  6. Drop 1 ½ rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are slightly crisp around the edges (the cookies will be flat, but this is best for decorating). Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely.
  8. To make the icing: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.
  9. Add the marshmallow cream and continue to beat until well combined.
  10. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat until the icing is smooth and fluffy. Add the milk a little at a time until the icing is smooth and easily spreadable (it should slowly drip off the paddle when lifted). Adjust the consistency by adding more powdered sugar to thicken, or more milk to thin.
  11. Once the cookies have cooled completely, spread or pipe the marshmallow cream icing onto the tops of the cookies using a spoon or plastic bag with the corner cut off. Smooth it using the back of a spoon. Try to leave random space between the icing and edge of the cookie while spreading to create a “melting snow” effect.
  12. To decorate: Cut the bottom ¼ off of the marshmallows (to make them look more like they’re melting) and draw button eyes and mouths with the black edible marker or icing. Then draw a carrot nose with the orange edible marker or icing. 
  13. Place the marshmallow in the icing on the upper half of the cookie, nearly at the edge of the icing. Add the licorice scarf by putting one end onto the icing, then wrapping it around the marshmallow completely. 
  14. Add 3 mini M&M’s for buttons, then draw arms with black icing (I used a premade icing bag that has the tip included). 
  15. Enjoy your adorable hot cocoa melted snowman cookies!

Notes

Storage for marshmallow snowman cookies

Store melting snowman cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the fridge for 7 days. Use parchment paper to separate any layers is a good idea for easy serving.

Can you freeze marshmallow melted snowman cookies

Well yes and no! You can freeze the cooled baked hot chocolate chip cookie base in a freezer-safe container or freezer zippered bags for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw cookies at room temperature and decorate with melted marshmallow snowman when ready to serve. This would help save some time during the busy holiday season to make the cookie base in advance for the snowman cookies.

We do not recommend freezing the decorated melted snowman cookies as they would not hold their shape well, to enjoy them properly.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 miutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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