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Melted Snowman Cookies

These Melted Snowman Cookies are homemade cookies that get covered in a 3-ingredient royal icing, and garnishes to dress them up as snowmen! Prep these fun cookies in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill/Cooling Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 179kcal


  • Electric hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Large bowl
  • Spatula
  • Small spoon
  • Rolling Pin



  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons whole milk
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2½ cups flour see step 2
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Royal Icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 7 Tablespoons warm water to start


  • 30 marshmallows 1 for each cookie
  • Gel coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • M&M minis
  • Pull and Peel twizzlers



  • In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla. Then add the flour (start with 2 cups), baking powder, and salt. Beat this until well blended. If the dough is still really sticky you may mix in another ¼ to ½ cup of flour.
  • Divide the cookie dough into 2 equal-sized disks. Wrap these and chill them in the refrigerator for 1 hour. When you remove the dough from the fridge, allow it to sit at room temperature until soft enough to roll easily.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick.
  • Use a 2½-inch, lightly floured round cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you are able to.
  • Place the cookies 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges are just golden. They can cook quickly so watch carefully after the 5-minute mark.
  • Transfer the cookies to cooling racks to cool completely before frosting them.


  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and meringue powder. Add 5 tablespoons of warm water. Use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment (or an electric hand-held mixer) to beat at high power for 10 minutes.1
  • When you are ready to ice/make the melted snow, drop a dollop of icing onto the middle of the cookie and carefully spread it out towards the edges. You can make this as perfect or messy as you’d like - after all - it’s a MELTED snowman cookie.2
  • Place one marshmallow on each cookie to represent the head of the snowman.
  • When you are ready to add the eyes and buttons, add some black gel coloring to some of the icing and pipe on arms and eyes. Do the same with orange food coloring to make icing for the carrot nose. Then drop on some mini m&ms for buttons, licorice for the scarf, and some sprinkles for fun!
  • The royal icing will take about 2 hours to dry at room temperature. If you need the icing to firm up more quickly, you can refrigerate them.



  1. Check the consistency of the icing. You want to get a thick consistency of icing that still has the ability to move and slide on the cookie a bit. Add more water if the icing is too thick and is so still that it will barely move. If it is too thin, beat longer, it thickens the longer you beat it.
  2. Some icing might slowly run off the side, that's ok. But if it quickly runs off, your icing may be too thin. Either way, just use a little trial and error to get the look you want. There will be plenty to experiment with!
  3. How To Store: Finished cookies can be stored for up to a week at room temperature when stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.
  4. Can I Save The Leftover Icing? Absolutely! You can store unused icing in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or even in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  5. How Can I Add A Bit More Flavoring To The Royal Icing? You can add in some vanilla extract, almond extract, or even peppermint extract a teaspoon at a time. Just keep in mind if you don't grab a clear vanilla extract it will tint the coloring of the frosting.
  6. Can I Add Food Coloring To The Icing? Yes, you can, but I'd recommend using gel food coloring to get a more intense color without using as much.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg