Melty Snowmen Sugar Cookies

Cookie decorating projects don't come much cuter than this! Serve this melted snowman cookie for Christmas or any winter celebration.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
36 to 48 cookies
Melty Snowmen Cookies


  • cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Royal Icing

  • canned white frosting

  • shredded coconut

  • black food coloring

  • orange fruit-flavor chewy squares or orange candies

  • black gumdrops

  • sugar for coating

Royal Icing

  • 1 16 ounce package powdered sugar (4-1/4 cups)

  • 3 tablespoon meringue powder

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ cup warm water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one dough portion at a time to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

To decorate:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, warm canned white frosting slightly in the microwave, stirring every 10 seconds until frosting is thick but spoonable; spoon warm frosting onto cookies to look like melting snow. If desired, sprinkle frosting with shredded coconut for texture. Using a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip, pipe eyes, buttons, and arms with frosting-consistency black-tinted Royal Icing.

  2. Cut small elongated triangles from orange fruit-flavor chewy squares or other orange candy; insert triangles into frosting for noses. For each hat, on a surface sprinkled with sugar, roll a large black gumdrop to 1/4 inch thick; cut rolled gumdrop with a 1-1/4-inch circle. If you like, cut gumdrop with round cookie cutter or cut a small circle with a sharp knife. Cut the bottom off another large black gumdrop and lightly press it onto round gumdrop cutout to form a hat. Place a hat on each cookie.

Royal Icing

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined; beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing is very stiff. If not using right away, cover bowl with a damp paper towel and cover paper towel with plastic wrap; chill for up to 48 hours.

    Test Kitchen Tip

    Our Test Kitchen only needed about 1/4 of the royal icing in this recipe. Feel free to reduce the amount you make.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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