Easy Melting Snowman Cookies

These Easy Melting Snowman Cookies are as easy as they are adorable AND delicious. Simple iced sugar cookies are decorated with marshmallow snowman heads for a cute look.

two melting snowman cookies on a red and black napkin

If you love making holiday treats that look as cute as they are delicious, then this is the recipe for you. It’s so easy, but it’s so festive at any holiday gathering.

melting snowman cookie in a womans fingers

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Sugar cookies are a classic holiday treat.
  • These cookies are so easy to make.
  • The marshmallow and frosting makes a cute melting snowman effect.
  • They’re so festive!


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The ingredients used in this recipe are super simple. You’ll find most of them in your pantry, and the rest are all readily available at your local grocery store. We’re covering the highlights here, but you can find the complete list of ingredients along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Sugar cookie mix
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Karo syrup
  • Black food coloring
  • Orange food coloring

🔪 How to Make Easy Melting Snowman Cookies

This recipe is so easy on every level. It’s a semi-homemade recipe using prepared cookie dough, and the icing and decoration are simple to make. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time.

Step 1: Prep

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.

eggs,butter, and flour mixture in glass mixing bowl

Step 2: Make the Sugar Cookies

Prepare the sugar cookie mix according to the package directions and place 1-inch balls of dough on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3: Make the Icing

While the cookies cool, whisk the powdered sugar, Karo syrup, and water together to make the icing.

marshmallow with a face drawn on it

Step 4: Decorate the Marshmallows

Cut the back corner off of the jumbo marshmallows. Then, use a toothpick to draw eyes and mouths on the snowman with black food coloring and another toothpick to draw a carrot nose on the marshmallows with orange food coloring.

Step 5: Decorate the Cookies

Spoon the icing on the cooled cookies to create a melted effect. Then, place the marshmallows, cut-side down on the cookies. Enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Snickerdoodles – Use snickerdoodles in place of sugar cookies for a different flavor with the same effect.
  • Chocolate cookies – Use chocolate cookies for the “ground”.

For another easily decorated Christmas cookie, check out these Christmas Shortbread Cookies.

🥄 Equipment

It only takes a few basic kitchen items to make these cookies.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Toothpicks

🥫 Storage

Store these cookies at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to a week. For longer storage, refrigerate these cookies for up to two weeks in an air-tight container.

six melting snowman cookies in a white baking dish

💭 Tips

These cookies are ridiculously easy to make, so we only have a couple of tips for them. They’re a big help, though!

  • Snip a small section off of the marshmallows. You want them mostly upright but leaning just a bit.
  • Be sure your cookies are completely cooled before adding the icing.
  • Press gently with the toothpick when drawing the snowman faces so you don’t pierce the marshmallows.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How long will marshmallows stay fresh?

They’ll stay fresh for up to 3 weeks at room temperature, so you’ll have no problems with these cookies.

What are marshmallows?

They’re a simple confection made from sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin, along with some air whipped in.

How long will sugar cookies last?

These will last for about 10 days at room temperature or 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Unfrosted sugar cookies can last for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.

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one metling snowman cooking on a red and black napkin

🧾Recipe Card

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two melting snowman cookies on a red and black napkin

Melting Snowman Cookies

These easy melting snowman cookies take simple iced sugar cookies and decorate them with a "melting" marshmallow snowman. So cute!
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 130kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Whisk
  • Mixing Bowl
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • Toothpicks


  • 17.5 ounces Sugar cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1.5 TBS light Karo syrup
  • 1 TBS water
  • Black food coloring
  • Orange food coloring


  • Line a baking tray with parchment and set aside.
  • Prepare sugar cookies according to the package. 1 mix, 1 egg, and ½ cup of butter mixed until well incorporated.
  • Using a cookie scoop, place 1 inch balls on the baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-12 min or until the edges are golden brown.
  • While cookies cool, whisk together powdered sugar, karo syrup, water to make the icing.
  • Spoon icing on to cooled cookies so create a “melted” effect.
  • Cut the back corner off of your jumbo marshmallow.
  • On the front of the marshmallow take black food coloring and a toothpick to draw eyes and mouth of the snowman.
  • Using another toothpick draw a carrot nose with orange food coloring
  • Place marshmallow cut side down on an iced cookie.
  • Enjoy!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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