These cookies take some time, but you'll get so many compliments you won't even mind!

Recipe Summary

prep:
2 hrs
additional:
1 hr
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Royal Icing:
Cookies:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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. Place 1 marshmallow onto plate.

  • Microwave marshmallow until it starts to puff up, 20 to 30 seconds. Immediately place 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.

Cook's Note:

You can use premade dough, such as Pillsbury(R) to make the cookies. No one cares.

Nutrition Facts

308 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 69.9g 23% DV; fat 3.2g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.7mg 3% DV; sodium 126.5mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2013
I made less frosting (did 26 average size cookies)& still had a decent amount left over...2 Egg Whites 2 Cups Conf Sugar 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice and a pinch of Salt. I dont like (overly) sweet frosting & this was perfect. Made these for a 1st. Grade Christmas Party everyone LOVED them. So Cute!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2018
I love the cute lil design but the imperial icing is disgusting. I am going to make more sugar cookies tomorrow but not with that icing. blech! Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2013
I made less frosting (did 26 average size cookies)& still had a decent amount left over...2 Egg Whites 2 Cups Conf Sugar 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice and a pinch of Salt. I dont like (overly) sweet frosting & this was perfect. Made these for a 1st. Grade Christmas Party everyone LOVED them. So Cute!!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2013
Rated this a 5 just for the concept!! Haven't tried this recipe yet but the idea is awesome!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2013
Made these last Christmas! Not only are they adorable but they taste good too! Big hit and parties! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2016
These were really fun to make! I hope you can take my suggestions and avoid my mistakes so you have an easier time when you make yours. For the royal icing (4C Sifted Powdered Sugar 3 oz egg whites or "All Whites" Brand 100% liquid egg whites and 1 tsp clear colored flavored extract) I used 1 tsp raspberry extract instead of lemon juice because it is really really delicious and didn't change the color of the white icing...like vanilla extract tends to do for example. Because the royal icing recipe I noted above already runs fairly easily I didn't use the recommended 1/4 C of lemon juice for fear that it would be too runny for the look I wanted (see photos that I posted for a better understanding). I had extra pull apart/string red licorice on hand so I used some for the scarves because the Betty Crocker gel icing that I used took forever to dry and I started to get impatient! I didn't have orange decorating gel because it wasn't available at my local grocer so I used white decorating gel to affix an orange sprinkle (I REALLY wished that I could have found the orange gel because trying to sort the orange sprinkles out of the "Rainbow Sprinkles" was frustrating then using my decorating tweezers to place the sprinkle onto the white gel dot was even more irritating when my "Wreck it Ralph" fingers crushed it and I had to try it again with another lol!). My last two snowmen got an upgrade of colored mittens instead of stick arms and I like how those looked a little better Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2014
everybody loved the idea Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2014
So cute! I didn't have lemon juice so added water and 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract. That gave just enough flavor to the icing. These were a hit with the middle schoolers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2017
Everybody loved these. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2016
I loved the concept! I made this using homemade canna-chocolate chip cookies. Everyone who tried them loved them. I will definitely make this again maybe even take this idea forward to other holiday baking. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2016
These are so much fun to make share and eat! I made them for Chritmas New Years and Valentine's festivities. Can't wait to make them again this year! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2018
I love the cute lil design but the imperial icing is disgusting. I am going to make more sugar cookies tomorrow but not with that icing. blech! Read More
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