During the coldest weeks of winter, there is nothing quite like a warm homemade sugar cookie right off of the baking sheet. They taste great when sprinkled with granulated sugar, but they are even better when frosted and decorated in creative and deliciously different ways. Melting snowmen are particularly cute, especially on warmer days when winter is starting to lose its grip. They are a reminder that better days are ahead. While waiting for the snow to melt, make a batch of these easy winter treats. They can be made with store-bought dough, and they are ideal for holiday parties, bake sales and anytime that you want a fun and simple dessert for the family. They are as enjoyable to decorate as they are to eat.
Begin by Baking Ready-Made Sugar Cookie Dough According to Label Directions
If you have a fantastic sugar cookie recipe, by all means use it. Otherwise, save time by using ready-to-bake dough. They can be perfectly round like those in the photo, or they can be oddly shaped to resemble the outline of melting snowmen. Either way they will be incredibly cute after adding the details. Let them cool completely before attempting to frost and decorate. If they are warm, the toppings will really melt and end up ruined.
Necessary Decorating Supplies
The cookies pictured were decorated using hard icing. To make and decorate melting snowmen the easy way you will need one can of ready-made white vanilla frosting, blue food coloring, mini white marshmallows, black licorice strings and candy orange slices. Set approximately three tablespoons of the frosting aside. You will also need a sharp knife, a fine-tip marker that contains edible black ink, a small frosting knife and a piping bag with a narrow tip. If you do not have a piping bag, you can easily make one to create the scarves. Snip the point off of the corner of a quart-size freezer bag.
Begin by frosting the cookies to create the bodies of the melting snowmen. Use the photo as a guide. All that will be left is the marshmallow head. Stick each head off to one side. It will look as if their bodies have completely melted down to the ground.
Next, use the edible black marker to create their facial expressions. Since they are melting, they should not look happy. Draw dots to make eyes, a nose and a frown on each one. Cut the orange slices to create noses that look like carrots. Use the point of the knife to create a slit to hold each nose. To keep them in place, apply a dab of frosting. It will work as edible glue.
Stir several drops of blue food coloring into the three tablespoons of frosting that was previously set aside. Spoon it into the piping bag or freezer bag. Twist the top around, and if necessary, secure it with a rubber band. Using the photo as an example, make the frosted scarves. They do not have to be perfect.
Cut the black licorice strings to create arms that look like forked branches. Gently press them into the frosting. Cut tiny circles from the end of a licorice string to make the black buttons. Arrange them on top of the frosting as well. The melting snowmen with sad faces will look almost too cute to eat, but they will taste sweet and incredibly satisfying on a warm winter day.
Source: Food Preparation Experience, Experimentation and Advanced Crafting Experience