Melting snowman cookies

~20 cookies

Prep time: 20 plus 1-2hr chill time

Cook time: 18min

Decorating time: 10-15min plus 1hr for icing to harden



  • 200 gram butter

  • 200g caster sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean (or some vanilla extract)

  • 2 eggs

  • 400g plain flour

  • teaspoon baking powder

  • pinch of salt

  • white marshmallows

  • 6 spoons of icing sugar

  • 2 spoons of milk

  • Decorating/writing icing, black food colouring & other decorations you may wish to use



Make the dough

  1. Make sure the butter is quite soft (you could put sliced butter for about 30sec on defrost setting in the microwave) and add to bowl. Mix the butter with electric mixer - I used the paddle attachment, but any is fine. Add the sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt and mix well together until the mixture is soft & creamy.

  2. Add in the eggs, mix well.

  3. Take bowl of the mixer and add 1/2 flour, and the baking powder through a sieve. Mix with wooden/plastic spoon. Add remaining flour through the sieve and mix until combined.

  4. Chill dough in a fridge for 1 -2 hours. 







Bake the cookies

  1. Once you are ready to bake the cookies, pre-heat oven to 170°C (fan).

  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  3. Unwrap dough and take a scoop at a time out of the bowl, roll into a little ball in your hands and flatten on the tray.

  4. Bake for 10 min. at 170C - if you want to shape the cookies into certain shapes (I wanted a specific circle size to fit in lunch boxes), shape your cookies with a cookie cutter

  5. Bake for another 5min, and transfer tray to cooling rack to cool down

Decorate cookies

  1. Once the cookies are fully cooled you can add your icing and marshmallows to make the snowman

  2. Mix 6 spoons of icing sugar with 2 spoons of milk. The mixture should be a thick fluid consistency. 

  3. Add icing over the cookie, and top with a marshmallow. I made some of my marshmallows a little smaller, as I liked the look of that more. (See picture below for a full sized and a 2/3 sized)

  4. Let icing harden

  5. Now decorate the rest of your snowman, you can use black food colouring and a little toothpick to make ice & mouth, or use ready made eyes. Writing icing is perfect to make the nose, scarf and buttons. Or of course decorate with any other fruit or cookie decorations that you have in your home. The kids loved taking part in the final snowman decorations too.


The cookies used in this recipe are the same as the ones in the Christmas light cookie recipe. Why not make some of the leftover cookies into yummy Christmas light cookies?

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