Snowman Cookies: A Quick, Fun Novelty Dessert
At first sight my first thought was that these snowman cookies would be way too much trouble for my purposes, but I'm glad I gave them a chance. They have already jumped through hoops for me this holiday season! There are several versions of this playful, no-bake cookie on several sites, but the name I liked best was Handstand Snowman Cookies.
Discovering how much fun they are to create launched me into thinking about all their possibilities. My needs aside, it was only natural to think of how a tutorial with a few tips that worked for me might be appreciated by a mom or grandmama planning a children’s activity at Christmas time.
Building them ahead of time or putting some kits together (described below) for their place settings could make some great camera ready moments. Their faces will certainly be worth capturing whether they see them waiting by their plates or as they create their own dessert at the end of the meal.
First Attempts Lead to More Production
In November a couple of largish events lay ahead of me so I began experimenting with these little guys. The first few went to neighbors who laughed out loud on seeing them. The next samples went to my husband’s office where they were a big hit. Getting their construction down pat, I decided to use them.
The first event was for 200, a group of school children mixed with about 40 adult volunteer teachers/aid workers. By the smiles on their faces at their meal time, I think it’s safe to say that they liked them a lot.
The second event was for 60, a group of teen boys mixed with about 20 adult volunteer teachers/aid workers. This event was even more of a joy to put together because the smaller group meant I had the pleasure of putting a fancier-than-usual meal together for them, with good help, of course.
Though I was just about snow-manned out by then, it occurred to me that some children I know might enjoy handstand snowman kits for constructing their own novelty cookies. Bagging up the individual components in zip-close sandwich bags and putting them into Christmas treat bags (photos below) meant having a ready-to-go little treat on hand.
Photos followed by Ingredients and Method
Photos of my little snowman mob--if only they could sing like a mall flash mob!
Thought you might like to hear that the teen boys appreciated the extra effort for their meal and though they had fun, they were very gentlemanly.
Note that the gift bag crafts are 3 puff snowmen. These were a little wobbly once they stood on their heads. Some sites' directions call for dipping them in melted chocolate. I'm sure that would solve the wobbly problem but it was a step I could do without by using the 2 puff method for the large groups. At a kids' party, they won't last long anyway!
It's a Novelty Dessert made with Store Bought Ingredients. Forget the Nutrition and have some Holiday Fun!
|Serving size: 1 Snowman Cookie|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Cook Time, None Whatsoever!
Building Blocks, AKA Ingredients
- 1 bag marshmallows, 10 ounces
- 22 cookies
- 1 can white icing
- 1/4 bag stick pretzels
- 1 food grade marker, black
- 1 small package holiday sprinkles, optional
Method of Assembly for one Handstand Snowman Cookie
Using the following guide when you experiment and practice making the cookies will help you see any adjustments you want to make before creating your desserts for serving:
1. Begin by snapping 2 pretzel sticks exactly in half--nooo, just kidding, close to half is good enough. Set them aside to use as arms and legs.
2. Push one marshmallow onto one end of a whole pretzel stick, then a second marshmallow onto the other end. Flat ends of marshmallows go on the sticks precisely in the middle--well, nearly in the middle will do the job.
3. Choose which of the marshmallows on the stick looks best as the head and which will work best as the body.
4. Using two of the snapped halves push through the shoulder area of the body to make the arms, then push two more halves in the end of the body for legs (note photos).
5. Look the snowman over and decide which side of the head will work best for the face. Then use the food grade marker (NOT an ink marker) to draw eyes, nose, and mouth onto your snowman.
6. Check out the best position for the buttons and dot them on. Stand him on his head or lay him on his back to await his next step.
7. Using a heaping teaspoon of white frosting, place a snowdrift in the middle of a cookie, then stand your snowman on his head in it, pushing around slightly to get a solid attachment (and make the snow look like he fell in it).
8. Sprinkle some decorative sugar around the snow for a fun effect, if you wish.
Now, wasn't that fun? Be honest, are you not already planning to make more?
A Few Tips Learned from Doing
• Prep time depends entirely on how quickly you can assemble the snowmen. My first assembly setting was awkward so it took longer than expected. The second batch was made in a comfortable setting, and with all that experience I was able to make comparatively quick work of 60. Plan for a minute per snowman, then finishing the cookie, and see how it goes for your setting.
• Take an hour or so to experiment and practice the method. Once your fingers are used to putting them together they are super easy to make, but it is best to get the feel of making them if you want them to be best dressed for your event.
• Practice squishing the marshmallows together, twisting to stick them a bit, or whatever you need to do to crowd them up like snowballs. Once you figure it out, the manipulation becomes automatic to the process.
• When feeding the marshmallows onto the pretzels pay attention to creating a system the works best for you so they will have a more uniform look. A homey look is just fine, but shooting for uniform will give better results.
• One 10 ounce bag of marshmallows makes about 22 two-snowball snowmen.
• The arms for the body should be positioned as if his hands are over his head, but the ends of the pretzels should not be over the top of the head. Angle them and push them in so that they just look like they would be above it.
• Be prepared to be asked about 1 million times if you used a sharpie to make the snowman faces. Keep smilin’, ya’ know, it’s Christmas. I made all my snowmen with one marker and it is still going strong. Be careful to store the special food marker in a clearly labeled plastic bag so no one uses it on paper.
Rate this Novelty Dessert
• I recommend choosing a harder cookie over a softer one. I used an iced oatmeal cookie for the batch of 200 and a Little Debbie oatmeal cake for the 60 bigger appetites. The oatmeal cake was almost too soft to work with. Also consider the size cookie you want to use before shopping.
• If you decide to do a large volume like I did, stay focused. You may wind up with feet sticking out of some of their heads if you let your mind wander during the process. Just sayin’.
• If you have extra time, the food markers are made in colors. A red heart on the chest would be lovely for grandchildren.
• One small bottle of sprinkles is far more than you will use for one batch of these cookies.
• Don’t know about other brands, but my American Gourmet food marker dried almost instantly on the marshmallow heads. I was amazed that not one smeared.
• An important thing I was testing in my first experiments was whether the pretzels would soften over night. Thankfully, they did not so I had enough time to actually do the snowmen the day before and then add them to the cookies the next day.
• An after-the-fact idea that came to me: Dip the tips of the hands and feet pretzels into white icing, then into sugar sprinkles. More time, yes, but more fun, for sure.
What do you call a snowman in summertime?
Not a Food Craft, but Kids Would Love Making this Snowman
Hope You Enjoyed Seeing these Puffy Guys!
If you have any questions, post them in the comments section below and I’ll do my best to answer promptly, hopefully with a good answer. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and if this inspires you to come up with a similar dessert quick dessert for other seasons, write you own hub about it, let me know, then I’ll link it here.
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