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Snowman cookies on a white plate.

Melted Snowman Cookies

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


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


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


  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!


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