Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

How cute are these chocolaty melting snowmen cookies? Better yet, these Christmas cookies are easy to make, too--no rolling pin needed, and the frosting is simply melted vanilla-flavored candy coating.

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Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Makes: 20 cookies
  • Prep: 50 mins
  • Bake: 9 mins to 11 mins 350°F per batch

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in the cocoa powder and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
  2. Shape dough into twenty 1 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are just firm. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
  4. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place cooled cookies on prepared baking sheet. In a medium microwave-safe bowl microwave candy coating on 50% power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Spoon melted coating over each cookie to cover cookie and resemble melted snow. While coating is still tacky, add a peanut butter cup for a top hat and decorate with sprinkles or other candies to resemble snowman faces (If using frosting to make snowman faces, add it when the candy coating is dry.) Let stand until set.

From the Test Kitchen


Dough may be shaped into balls and then frozen until solid on parchment- or foil-lined cookie sheets. When frozen, transfer balls to an airtight container; cover. Store in the freezer. When ready to bake, arrange frozen balls on cookie sheets and bake as directed for 12 to 14 minutes.

To Store:

Place cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze undecorated cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw if frozen. Decorate cookies before serving.

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Nutrition Facts (Chocolaty Melting Snowmen)

  • Per serving:
  • 315 kcal ,
  • 17 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat ,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 10 mg chol. ,
  • 101 mg sodium ,
  • 38 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 28 g sugar ,
  • 3 g pro.

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402 Days Ago
I made these cookies a couple of years ago. I didn't know there was a video then; we did it using the written instructions, which do not list marshmallows. We did them without the marshmallows, and they were great! Also did them without cutting the peanut butter cup in anything more than 1/2. They were adorable, and a lot of fun!
405 Days Ago
Are you kidding me? Recipe is missing steps and ingredients list is missing ingredients. Nice idea and nice end result. But you really kind of phoned it in as far as presenting this as a "recipe" didn't you?
434 Days Ago
These look like so much fun but there's just one problem. your printed recipe does not even mention the marshmallows needed to make them. It's a good thing there's a video to go alone with it.
Nancy Woods 777 Days Ago
with what can i use in place of peanut butter ?
Sue Watts 788 Days Ago
Kate Bleyenberg 1490 Days Ago
These turned out really cute! A couple of notes: The cookies are really bland but set up well. They may have been bland because I used baking powder in place of the baking soda, I wanted to be sure they would be "poofy". 2T. cookie scoop made 31 cookies. I baked them for 11 minutes and the middle was perfectly moist. I used almond bark for the snow and only needed a little less than 6 squares (1/2#), it was great because the hats stayed in place really well with the candy coating. 1 T. cookie scoop was the perfect amount of icing for each cookie. I used mini reeses for the hats and they still looked cute without a brim on the hat. I also used black Wilton sparkle gel for the eyes, adding the eyes after the candy cooled. They are adorable!!
Polly Cheung 1520 Days Ago
We don't have "candy coating" available in Hong Kong, Is there a recipe so that I can make it myself?
Nichol Arnet 1855 Days Ago
We cut the mini reeses in half and put the peanut butter side down. Super easy to make, but took forever to decorate 10 dozen for a cookie swap. Start to finish-about 4 hours. Cooled the cookies in the fridge while decorating the next dozen. We multiplied the recipe 6x and it made 121 cookies.
Kathryn Craighead 1866 Days Ago
I would suggest to use the reeses bells if able to find them
Melissa Marks 1867 Days Ago
I made these this past weekend and we got about 3 dozen 2 inch cookies... They are wonderful and so easy! I used reese's mini pb cups for the hats and white chocolate melting wafers for the snow. My 13-year old daughter decorated them all; very easy and very good!
Cathy Tuggle 1873 Days Ago
Its a Reese's cup and a mini Reese's!
Darcy Bouchard 1876 Days Ago
What is "candy coating"
Kelli Davidson 1880 Days Ago
Just thought I would let you know that I pinned this a few weeks ago and sometime this weekend it went nuts and it's been pinned over 2,000 times so far.

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