Melting Snowman Cookies! A Fun, Dairy-Free Winter Recipe

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This post is part two of this month’s Kids Can Cook section by the Hatfields. Katherine and her “mama,” Sarah, decorated their favorite dairy-free sugar cookies to look like melting snowman cookies. And today they have the vegan vanilla icing recipe and decorating tips for you!

Dairy-free Melting Snowman Cookies Recipe - with homemade vegan vanilla icing and the decorations. Also nut-free & optionally soy-free.

Katherine and I whipped up a batch of our classic dairy-free sugar cookies for her siblings’ winter birthday party. We planned to let the party guests decorate their own sugar cookies to look like melting snowmen. But they were having so much fun they didn’t even want to stop to eat, let alone decorate cookies! So, Katherine and I made our own fun creating some examples to show you.

Directions for these melting snowman cookies can be found below. But don’t be afraid to get creative with your own winter shapes and decoration ideas. One year we used a mitten cookie cutter for the cookies, frosted them in different colors, and placed a large marshmallow “snowball” on each of them.

Dairy-free Melting Snowman Cookies Recipe - with homemade vegan vanilla icing and the decorations. Also nut-free & optionally soy-free.

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Melting Snowman Cookies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, and vegetarian.

For egg-free and vegan melting snowman cookies, make vegan sugar cookies and choose the vegan options below.

For gluten-free and dairy-free melting snowman cookies, use gluten-free sugar cookies (skip the filling, just roll and cut!).

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Dairy-Free Melting Snowman Cookies
 
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These are wonderful cookies for winter celebrations! We adapted them from an idea in Rachael Ray Magazine.
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Serves: enough for 24 cookies, one 9 x13 inch cake, or an 8 or 9-inch layer cake
Ingredients
Vanilla Frosting
Melting Snowman Decorations
Instructions
Vanilla Frosting
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix the powdered sugar, margarine, and salt with a hand mixer until creamy, about 2 minutes. Start with the hand mixer on low speed to avoid powdered sugar clouds. Increase it to medium speed once the sugar is mostly incorporated.
  2. Gradually beat in 1 tablespoon of milk beverage and the vanilla until combined. Optionally mix in the additional 1 tablespoon of milk beverage to reach your desired consistency.
To Assemble the Melting Snowman Cookies
  1. Frost a cookie with vanilla frosting.
  2. Place a large marshmallow in the center of the cookie.
  3. Wrap a fruit strip "scarf" around the "neck." You may need to fold the "scarf" in half so it doesn't cover the snowman's face.
  4. Draw a face on the marshmallow with black frosting or a black food marker.
  5. Draw a carrot nose with orange frosting or an orange food marker.
  6. Tuck two pretzel stick halves on the sides of the snowman head under the edges of the scarf.

Key Pantry Supplies:  Dairy-Free Melting Snowman Cookies

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Dairy-free Melting Snowman Cookies Recipe - with homemade vegan vanilla icing and the decorations. Also nut-free & optionally soy-free.

About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. She also shares food and daily dilemmas as a milk allergy mom via her blog, No Whey, Mama. Sarah’s previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at Travelago.com, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

4 Comments

  1. That’s a very lovely idea for cookies!! My sister is planning to organize the birthday for her 6-year-old daughter and she is looking for some simple desserts. I think I’m gonna show her this recipe. My niece will absolutely like to join making it!!

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