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

Recipe Summary

2 hrs
1 hr
3 hrs
2 dozen cookies


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


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.

  • 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; carbohydrates 69.9g; fat 3.2g; cholesterol 7.7mg; sodium 126.5mg. Full Nutrition