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i’m melting! melting….

UPDATE (November 2011): I know,  I know, I’m grasping at anything for credit and kudos. It’s kinda pathetic. But the melting snowman cookie that has gone viral? This is the original, made by yours truly. I’m still waiting for some sort of paycheck or windfall of riches…

how to make a melting snowman cookie

Oh, poor snowman. If you don’t like the sentiment this expresses, you’ll see I’ve added the option of making your snowman smiley. That way, it will appear the snowman understands his inevitable demise and doesn’t mind so much the nature of things.

you will need:
dough
icing
Americolor soft gel pastes (Bright White, Orange, Electric Green or any color for buttons)
sharp knife
frosting bag with 4 tip
small spatula or knife
white rolled fondant
Black Americolor gourmet writer
light corn syrup
optional: frosting bag with 2 tip, Chocolate Brown soft gel paste (can also use a black or brown gourmet writer)

notes on supplies: You can also substitute concentrated pastes for the soft gel pastes, but I much prefer Americolor, as they are tasteless. Concentrated pastes, the frosting bag and tip, the rolled fondant, and maybe even the gourmet writers are available at major craft stores. Or, check on the Americolor site for links on the many, many places you can buy on the internet.

step one: bake your blob cookie
Roll out your dough and cut out a blob shape with a sharp knife. I drew my shape first on paper and cut around the paper. Don’t make the blob too big, about 4 inches. If the edges are rough from cutting, pat with your fingers to smooth. Bake on a parchment paper lined baking tray and let cool.


step two: frost your blob

Color some frosting with the Bright White gel paste and fill the bag with the 4 tip. Outline cookie with frosting and let set a good half hour. Take some frosting in a bowl, color white and add water, little by little, stirring until it’s syrupy. Pour the runny frosting onto the middle of the cookie and spread to the edges with a small spatula or butter knife. Let set til firm a good two hours, even longer if possible.


step three: make your snowman parts
Take a few teaspoons worth of fondant, knead (you can add a few drops of White coloring to brighten) and roll between your palms to form a sphere. If the fondant gets too sticky, let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Set on a piece of parchment or wax paper to harden for about an hour. Do the same with the carrot and buttons. Knead a small amount of fondant with the Orange color and form a triangle with your fingers. Set on the wax paper so the tip of the carrot points upward. Knead any color into fondant and roll small spheres for your buttons.


step four: make your face
When the snowman head has dried til firm enough to write on, make your face with the black edible gourmet pen. Choose from smiley (happy about melting) to shock (not happy about melting).


step five: assemble your snowman
To adhere the fondant pieces to each other and to the cookie, dab your finger in light corn syrup and rub on the areas that will be adhered. Start with the head and press firmly but gently onto the blob. Next, attach the carrot to the face. Then the buttons. For the sticks, I used brown frosting in a bag fitted with a 2 tip and piped. But you can also just draw them on with a brown or black edible pen.

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56 Comments

  1. Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea! Brilliant!But you knew that already…..lolNice cookie humor.

  2. Posted December 3, 2008 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    This is sooo cute! It is perfect for a Californian like me!

  3. Posted December 3, 2008 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    This is so cute! I love it!

  4. Posted December 3, 2008 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    too freaking (can I say freaking?) cute!!!!

  5. Posted December 3, 2008 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    Absolutely freekin adorable!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! I will definitely have to make some of these!!

  6. Posted December 3, 2008 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    omgod that is soooo adorable!

  7. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Wahaha! that cracks me up! I love it!

  8. Posted December 3, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I love it!!! I remembered Calvin and Hobbes snowmen when I saw these cookies in your blog, it’s a great idea.

  9. Posted December 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Hilarious! I am going to have to try making these. My kids would laugh themselves silly.

  10. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    OMG, how adorably funny! I can just imagine my kids having fun making these.

  11. Posted December 3, 2008 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I love it!

  12. Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    haha those are great! Could do the same for the wicked witch in Wizard of OZ. Very creative!

  13. Posted December 4, 2008 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    These are so absolutely adorable and creative. You know this idea will be stolen and reused in elementary school bake sales everywhere!

  14. Posted December 4, 2008 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    oh my, this is the cutest cookie i have EVER seen! I am definitely bookmarking this page for future reference-so so cute!

  15. Posted December 4, 2008 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    What a super creative and super cute idea, I love it!

  16. Posted December 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for allll your lovely comments! Mr. Melty seems to have struck a chord out there.

  17. Posted December 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Found you via food gawker. Your little guy’s adorable. And the novice baker/decorator appreciates the step-by-step instructions.

  18. Posted December 5, 2008 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    This is the cutest thing – EVER. I had to call my mother in FL and made her go to foodgawker to show her. Cutest cookie I have EVER seen! What an imagination! I’ll be checking your blog from now on – Thanks for sharing!

  19. Posted December 7, 2008 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Absolutely the cutest thing I ever saw in a cookie!

  20. Posted December 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone for your super lovely fabulous comments! Means so much to me (just in case you’re back on my blog reading comments….)

  21. Posted December 13, 2008 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    You are so my cookie hero. I’m posting this on my blog and linking back to you. I hope that’s okay. (It will be up Monday)

  22. Posted December 20, 2008 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Yummyyyyyyyy

  23. Posted January 3, 2009 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for posting such great directions. I’ve always wanted to make cute iced sugar cookies, but have never had any success. I made these and they turned out perfect! I will be checking back soon and rushing to buy your book!

  24. Posted February 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    OH EM GEE!! My little town up here in Manitoba, Canada has had NO SNOW!! Can you believe that?! So when I saw these, I was like, NO WAY, these are perfect cookies for me! Thanks!

  25. Haley I
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    It would be even COOLer if for the snowman’s head, you use a cake ball -or whatever they’re called- that are used for cake pops. =)

  26. Posted April 6, 2012 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    wow cute idea :)

  27. Posted May 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    The melting snowman…pure cookie genius. Although my kids would insist upon making it a witch and making it in my likeness(just a coincidence, mom, really), the snowman stole my heart! I wish you could have won some sort of financial applause. At least you know you’re a cookie genius.

  28. Michele
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    I love this cookie with all my heart!! I realize it is supposed to be a Christmas cookie but I am tempted to try it just before the temperatures reach triple digits… again… here in Arizona. Just adorable!

  29. Bakes-A-Lot Sue
    Posted June 8, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Ha ha! Love them x

  30. Catherine Crawford
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Love this cookie! I once saw a Valentines’ Day card with melting snowman. The snowman’s heart was melting, also. It read… “When I think of you, I just melt.”

  31. Luvlael
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I Love your cookie idea and Lucky for you I saw it first here from you so the credit Is All yours from my point of view! =o) Happy Creating and don’t give it up from one stolen idea!

  32. Chelsea
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    YOU are brilliant and creative! No one can take that away from you!

  33. meaghanmountford
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    awwwww, thank you Chelsea! And wise words!

  34. Monique
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea – I want to tell you this is going to be a traditional item on our Holiday table from now on…. our four grandchildren are going to go wild with helping Gramma in the kitchen…

  35. meaghanmountford
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Aw, thank you so much Monique!

  36. Posted November 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I shouldn’t be surprised they started with you! Thanks for another great idea! I “found” the idea and made them last Christmas for the church party. They are soo cute! I found little plastic black top hats at Hobby Lobby 40% off that fit mine PERFECTLY and were tooooo adorable. Wish I could post a pic here!

  37. meaghanmountford
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Lynette!! ANOTHER reason I so wish I had a Hobby Lobby near me!!

  38. Evelyn Kaiser
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    This is the most creative cookies I’ve ever seen. I love Mr. Melty. Can’t wait to make them. I know they will be a huge hit no matter where I bring them for the holidays. They actually make me smile to see them. Thank you for sharing, a truly BRILLANT IDEA!!!!

  39. victoria
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Spotted: Melty snowman look alike found on page 22 of Rachael Ray’s Dec 2012 Magazine. I saw it and thought of YOU (and how I love the idea).

  40. meaghanmountford
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Seriously Victoria! The melty snowman is taking over the world! :) Wish I got paid for it…. or credit, wait, one more :).

  41. victoria
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Hey, isn’ there are way to copyright stuff…kinda like intellectual property??? I know, hard to prove or prosecute. As I tell my boys (when a younger sibling copies their ideas), take it as a compliment–which I am sure you do. But, I agree: it would be nice to have a little silver to jingle in your pocket and a little pat on the back. Too bad RR magazine didn’t at least gave you kuddos (though she might have stolen it from another melty imposter).
    Your ideas are great! My recreations don’t look as good (that is why I sit here and you sit there). Keep up the great work!

  42. Posted December 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    These are awesome, you totally deserve credit! And, you should get royalties, or something! At least a very Merry Christmas? I’ll post on pinterest to spread your talent!

  43. meaghanmountford
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    :) Thank you Heather!! Yes, royalties! Millions!

  44. Karen
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, this is one of my favorite cookies ever and I hate that people don’t give you credit for it. I was in Target today and saw that they had a kit to make them…please tell me some of that comes your way….it better or I’ll park myself in front of the rest of them and show people your website!!!!

  45. meaghanmountford
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much Karen! I’m afraid you’ll have to stake out the Target… Nope, I get zippo from that, but I did hear about it. I’ve yet to see it in a store, I might cry!

  46. Posted March 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Clever idea…my nephews wold love making this!

  47. Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Adorable! I hope you’re getting the credit you deserve now.

  48. Posted August 27, 2013 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    I found pictures of melted snowman cookies on Pinterest and simply had to see where they originated. Google is a fabulous thing, as it brought me here. These are adorable. (I did re-pin the picture on Pinterest that used marshmallows for the heads, but added the link to your site in the description.) Thank you for sharing!

  49. meaghanmountford
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    You. Are. Awesome Renee. Please, rest of world, follow this cue!! You rock for going the extra steps, and I thank you thank you!! :)

  50. Charmie
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    This was the first cookie I seen on pinerest and I fell in love! I thought I have to learn to do this! Im still working on it! Thank you for your awesome imagination on cookies yew Rawk!

  51. meaghanmountford
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you Charmie!! :)

  52. kathy
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Loved the photo and you are right, it is everywhere!!! I knew there was a tutorial somewhere finally found you. I understand your frustration completely! Making them today and thanks for sharing.

  53. Stephane in Alaska
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Brilliance DESERVES credit!

  54. Tiffany B.
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Love these! Thanks for coming up with it!

  55. Merri
    Posted January 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I found something similar on Pinterest, but the recipe used a marshmallow for the head. Nothing against marshmallows but I really don’t care for them. Started a search for a substitute for the head of the snowman and happened upon a picture and link to your website. I don’t usually comment, but after reading your story had to tell you-The Original Mr. Melty-is the best looking cookie of the bunch. Sorry it went viral with the knock off and no credit to you.

  56. meaghanmountford
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much Merri! The support I get definitely balances the mean people :). (Side note, fondant isn’t much better than marshmallows. I’ve done the heads with Airhead candies before, too!)

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