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Melted snowmen Christmas cookies with marshmallows

Perfect for an Australian Summer Christmas, these melted snowmen Christmas

cookies look how a lot of feel when cooking a classic roast for Christmas lunch!

 

Sugar Cookie:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plain flour

If you’re not the baking type or low on time, you can skip this part and use store bought cookies for the bases.

 

Decorations

  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Food colouring (for clothing and buttons)
  • OR tubes of writing gel (available in the cake decoration section of the supermarket) to replace chocolate and food colouring for drawing faces and clothing.

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 175 degrees (350 degrees F ).

Beat butter in a bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Beat white sugar, baking powder, and salt into butter until just combined.

Beat egg, milk, and vanilla extract into butter-sugar mixture; add flour and mix until dough is just combined.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is slightly chilled, about 10 minutes.

Scoop dough into balls slightly larger than golf balls; flatten into cookies. Arrange cookies on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

 

Icing & decorations

Butter a microwave-safe plate.

Place marshmallows on the prepared plate. Microwave marshmallows until slightly puffed, 10 to 15 seconds. Gently press marshmallows until bottoms slightly ooze.

Whisk confectioners’ sugar and water together in a bowl until icing is slightly thicker than drizzle-consistency.

Pour icing over cookies so it runs over the edges.

If using melted chocolate and food colouring to decorate:

Reserve about 1 tablespoon of the icing mixture and divide the reserved icing into 2 small bowls.

Mix red and yellow food coloring into 1 of the bowls (to make orange or use orange colouring if available) and blue food coloring into the other bowl.

Decorate the snowmen with a nose and buttons or scarves using the orange icing and blue icing.

Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl, about 30 seconds.

Pour melted chocolate into a piping bag with a small tip or a plastic bag with a corner snipped.

Press 1 marshmallow close to an edge of each cookie to be the snowman’s head.

Draw ‘stick arms’ onto the icing using the melted chocolate.

 

Adapted from “Melted SnowMan Cookie” on allrecipes.com, edited by Inspired Insanity.