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.