Melted Snowmen: The Beginning

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 in Decorating

The other day I noticed the cutest cookies: sugar cookies with melted snowmen!  Apparently this cookie idea has been all the rage this holiday season, just check out this Google search for melted snowman cookies.  You’ll see a ton of way adorable half-melted snowmen.  When I saw this design, I really wanted to try it out and figured that since we’re technically still in the cold, wintery season, it would still be alright.  This week seemed especially fitting as our cold temperatures have finally risen and we’ve most recently had all of our snow melting away.

I used a simple bag of sugar cookie mix from most likely Duncan Hines to quickly get into the swing of things.  I have to admit, I’m getting better and better at rolling out the dough and putting the cookie cutters to good use.  I’ve learned to use the silicone mat I intend on baking the cookies on to place and roll the dough.  This keeps the shapes from getting distorted from attempting to pick them up and move them to another surface.  After cutting out the shapes, I peel away the excess cookie dough, throw it back in the bowl and put it in the fridge.  Then I’ll place that mat of cookies into the freezer for about 5 minutes or so, which helps them keep their shape in the oven.

In any case, tonight I was just using the round cookie cutter.  If you’d like to try these for yourself, that’s all you’ll need for shapes.  Pretty simple.  For the frosting, I actually used a friend of mine, Beth’s recipe, which she got from CakeCentral.com and then slightly altered (and I slightly altered it again).  I have to say, I absolutely love this recipe and plan to use it on all my cookies from now on – Thanks Beth!  Here is the cookie frosting recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 3/8 Cup* Milk/Water
  • 1-2 Tbs light corn syrup
  • Flavoring as desired (I personally use butter or vanilla)

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, mix the sugar and corn syrup first.  Slowly add water until you reach the consistency needed.  If you are looking for piping consistency, you’ll want something that has the consistency of a paste and can keep it’s form when you drizzle it on the sides of the mixing bowl.  If you are looking for filling consistency, it will look very similar to glue you would find in your child’s glue bottle.  This is a very forgiving recipe, if you add too much liquid add more sugar until you get what you want.

Piping the Shape of the Melted Snow

Now that you’ve got your icing made, you’ll want to start off with the slightly thicker consistency used for piping.  You’re going to want to pipe a design on your cookie that looks somewhat like a melted puddle of snow might look.  A few good places for inspiration would be to think of a fried egg, to check out the other Melted Snowmen photos from Google, or to use my cookie images.

On my particular cookies, I wanted the snow to seem like it was dripping off the edge of the cookie, so I actually piped on the side of the cookie where the snow ran off.  I used the Wilton Decorating Tip 2 for this and in some cases, went over thinner areas of the piping twice.

Creating Our Half-Melted Snowman Heads

Now you want to pull out your fondant.  I personally used premade fondant sold by Wilton, just to have less components to work with on this project (and less to mess up).  If you’re interested in making your own fondant, check out this marshmallow fondant recipe – I plan to try it out in one of the next projects I do.

Roll up your fondant into little balls approximately the diameter of a quarter.  Now we’re going to need to cut these in half, which is the trickier part.  I tried this a couple of different ways and found that my wire cake slicer worked perfectly.  Simply turn the circle and press on the sides slightly as you roll it down the wire, slowly cutting into it.  Note that it’s important to turn and roll it as it will help to ensure the heads stay round.  Once you’ve gone all the way around, take each side of the circle and slowly twist them apart from one another, which should easily split them in two.  Repeat this step and place the half spheres on the cookies not quite directly in the middle of the cookie.

Don’t worry about the shape or imperfections too much as the fondant will be covered with a layer of frosting.

Adding the Melted Snow

Next up, and for our final step today, we’ll add the ‘melted snow’.  To do so, take the remaining frosting from our piping and dilute it with milk or water until it closely resembles Elmer’s School Glue.  Place it into an easily pourable container, such as a measuring cup, and grab a toothpick.  Slowly pour the frosting over the head of our snowman and use the toothpick to pop any air bubbles you might encounter as well as to help push around the frosting to the right places.

The great thing about this particular cookie design is that it truly doesn’t matter if your frosting spills out of your pre-made boundaries.  Just go with the flow.  It took me a couple of cookies until I started knowing how much frosting to pour before it started overfilling the area but all of them ended up looking great.

Check Out — Melted Snowmen: The Finale

Next up, we’ll be adding more decorations to our cookies.  You can’t have a snowman (even one half-melted) without his carrot nose and coal eyes.  Check the next article, Melted Snowmen: The Finale to finish our cookie decorating story and learn how to finish your snowmen up!

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