Friday, January 11, 2013

Snowman Molasses Cookies

A week or so before Christmas, my friends and I had a holiday cookie swap/competition. Each person had to bring homemade cookies for the group, and we voted on the best. My friend Amber and I decided to work together to make these adorable melting snowman cookies. We were inspired by this pin on Pinterest, but we basically made it our own knowing that our frosting decorating skills would not look as good as the original picture (plus I'm allergic to peanuts, and it looked like they used Reese's cups for the snowman hats).

The Cookie

We knew we wanted to make molasses cookies since they taste a little bit like gingerbread and seemed more Christmas-y than sugar cookies. We used a Betty Crocker molasses cookie mix, but you can also make them from scratch if you want to get extra fancy (recipe here). 

The Frosting

We made the frosting for the cookies from scratch with Marshmallow Fluff using this recipe from We pretty much followed the frosting recipe as written, minus the almond extract since I'm allergic to peanuts/nuts as I mentioned before. The frosting is easy to make and tastes delicious! Once the molasses cookies were cooled, we used a small spreader to smooth the frosting around the top of the cookie. We tried to make the frosting uneven and gloopy to make it look like melty snow.

The Decorations

To decorate the cookie you will need:
  • Large marshmallows
  • Orange sprinkles (or just pick out some orange sprinkles from a container of rainbow sprinkles)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Leftover Marshmallow Fluff frosting
How to make the melting snowman:
  1. Cut the large marshmallows at a slant so that when you place the marshmallow on top of the frosted cookie it will look like the snowman has melted into the cookie.
  2. Place the sliced marshmallows onto the frosted cookies. The frosting will act as a glue to keep them together.
  3. Use the leftover marshmallow frosting as glue to stick on the mini chocolate chip eyes and orange sprinkle nose. Then smear some frosting on the top of the marshmallow for the Hershey's Kiss hat but don't put the hat on yet.
  4. Place the cookies in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to let the eyes, nose, and frosting on top of the sliced marshmallow set. We originally tried putting the Hershey's Kiss hat on the marshmallow right after spreading the frosting, but the chocolate hat kept sliding off. Letting the frosting set for a few minutes before placing the Hershey's Kiss on top prevents it from sliding.
  5. After 5-10 minutes take the cookies out of the refrigerator and stick the Hershey's Kisses on top of the marshmallows.
  6. Store cookies in refrigerator to let the decorations set.

Aren't they adorable?! They were a big hit at our cookie swap. We ended up winning the "Best Presentation" category. I hope you try making these cookies. Although they seem a bit tedious with all the decorating, everything is easy and fun to do. Let me know what you think!

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