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Making Utah’s Favorite Holiday Cookie: Melted Snowman Cookies

Posted at 3:09 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 17:09:02-05

Melted Snowmen Sugar Cookies are the most popular holiday cookie in Utah, according to research by General Mills on the most "clicked on" cookie recipe.

Here's how to make them:


  • 4 egg whites
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 24 sugar cookies
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • .75 ounce tube black decorating gel
  • .75 ounce tube orange decorating gel
  • .75 ounce tube red decorating gel
  • .75 ounce tube green decorating gel
  • Silver dragees (small silver sugar balls)


Beat egg whites lightly in a large bowl using an electric mixer until frothy. Slowly beat enough confectioners' sugar into egg whites to make icing that will hold shape; blend in lemon juice until desired consistency is reached.

Arrange cookies about 1-inch apart on a large sheet of waxed paper. Spread icing onto each cookie, allowing icing to drip over edges to look like melting snow.

Grease a microwave-safe plate and place 1 marshmallow onto the plate. Microwave marshmallow until it starts to puff up, 20 to 30 seconds.

Immediately place some marshmallow on the edge of 1 cookie while the icing is still wet to look like a melted snowman. Repeat with remaining marshmallows and iced cookies.

Decorate 'melted snowmen' by piping 'twig-like arms' using black decorating gel on the icing. Make 'coal eyes' and a 'mouth' on the marshmallow using black decorating gel.

Make a 'carrot nose' under the 'coal eyes' using orange decorating gel.

Make 'coat buttons' by arranging silver nonpareils down the middle of the icing. Make 'scarves' or 'bow-ties' using red decorating gel or green decorating gel.

Allow cookies to fully dry before removing from waxed paper, at least 1 hour.