I made these Melted Snowmen Cookies or Chocolaty Melting Snowmen as they’re referred to in Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies, during a flurry of holiday baking before Christmas in December.
Fun for wintry months too, they could be a project for a cold January day with any cookie, using white chocolate bark candy coating, REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, some orange candy sprinkles for noses, and mini chocolate chips for eyes.
Better Homes and Gardens included a chocolate cookie recipe, but I used Nigella’s Chocolate Shortbread Cookie recipe, that as Nigella says, are a “doddle” to make. All the ingredients for the chocolate shortbread cookies go in the food processor, and you give it a “blitz” :)
Follow the directions on the candy coating package and microwave until coating is melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Spoon candy coating over each cookie to resemble melted snow. While coating is still tacky, add a peanut butter cup half for the top hat and decorate with sprinkles to create snowman faces. You can also use frosting to make the nose and eyes rather than chips and sprinkles, adding the frosting after candy coating sets.
There was a learning curve with cutting the miniature Reece’s Cups~ I finally determined through trial and many errors :) they are easier to cut without crumbling if you leave the foil wrapper on.
I cut some with the small end of the cup up and then tried cutting them with the wide part up. I had the most success cutting through the wrappers with the wide end up. You’ll want to have plenty of peanut butter cups on hand and cut your hats in advance before building your snowmen since the candy coating sets up pretty quickly.
The only problem with building these Melted Snowmen Cookies is that someone has to eat the misshaped hats :)
Note: A reader left a comment suggesting Reese’s Peanut Butter Bells for the hats for easier hat assembly & less cutting!
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