Melting Snowmen {Chocolate Mint} Cookies

I am sooooooooo not a crafty person.

I wish I could say I was being a little facetious, but the sad truth is that I’m completely missing that “crafty” and/or “creative” gene.

Ugh, don’t even ask me about my about my seventh grade art project that required the painting of a self-portrait to hang outside the classroom door.  As if middle school wasn’t traumatic enough.

I have a friend from college {Hi Christy!} who is amazingly talented in all sorts of stamping/card making/scrapbooking/Cricut projects–but I think even she gave up on me when it became clear I couldn’t even use a Fiskars paper trimmer correctly.  I’m a disaster.

So, yeah. These little melting dudes are about the pinnacle of my creativity.

I took a basic cake mix cookie recipe, holiday-ified it with some mint flavoring, and used Candiquik to melt my snowmen.  Popped on a (half) Reese’s Peanut Butter cup for a hat, mini chocolate chips for eyes, and used an orange jimmy for the nose.

I’m sure you could tell that without me typing it all out, but I’m kind of pleased with myself.  Not too bad for the crafty-impaired.  🙂

I dressed some up with sprinkles, too.

They were almost too cute to eat.

But not quite.

I might have eaten one or two.

Then packed ’em up to send with the Tall Boy to work.  I’m wondering if his coworkers think it’s odd that he shows up with snowmen cookies before Halloween?

I really had fun making these little guys.  They came together sooooo quickly, look festive, and taste yummy.  Doodle loved these–and while it’s rare that I make the same baked good multiple times, I have a feeling these might be making an appearance at his class party in December.  Can’t beat easy-peasy!

Melting Snowmen {Chocolate Mint} Cookies
 
makes 18 to 20 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 box Devil's food cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 package candiquik white candy coating, or other white melting chocolate
  • 10 miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, cut in half
  • mini chocolate chips
  • orange jimmies
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, eggs, flour, and extract. Use a cookie scoop to drop evenly sized potions of dough onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Once the cookies are cool, melt candiquik or white chocolate. Drizzle a spoonful over each cookie to form the melted snow. Add a peanut butter cup half for the hat, and decorate the faces with chocolate chips and sprinkles.

If you’re interested in participating in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, stop by Brenda’s blog to sign up!

And if you missed them, here’s what I made over the last few weeks:

{Week One}: Apple Pie Bread
{Week Two}: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Have a great Thursday, and be sure to check out the other yummy treats below!

 

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos, I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Weekend Potluck, and Six Sister’s Stuff!

 

45 Comments

  1. Shirley

    These are really cute and adorable. Great pics! Little Man will be so happy when these show up for his class at Christmas!

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  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Um, how friggin’ cute are these?! SO simple yet totally brilliant–you are so brilliant, Ashley, you have no idea. And hello, us food bloggers are like magazines–we’re practically over with Christmas (okay, please say we aren’t because I haven’t even started thinking about it yet–eek!) before the season is even here. I’m sure on Christmas Day, we’ll be making Easter cut-out cookies. Whatev, haters. Eat your dang early-holiday cookie. I want five of these rightnow!
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  3. Joan

    I LOVE your melting snowman and its so easy too. This recipe is being added to my Christmas cookie list!

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  4. Nancy

    These are really, really, really cute. Make some for us for Christmas! The kids will love ’em.

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  5. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

    Love these, they’re incredibly cute! And they’re creative too. I know what you mean though, I *was* creative as a child but seem to have lost that side of myself.
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  6. Avril

    Ashley! – these cookies are CRAZY adorable! I can not wait to make them with my girls….they will fall over backwards with happiness over them! 🙂

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  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Whatever…I don’t believe that you aren’t crafty:-) Look at those amazing crafty cookies!! They are stinking adorable! I am adding them to my Christmas cookie list now!!! It is pretty funny that food bloggers bake for the holidays so far in advance. I would love to see the faces of those people in your husband’s office when he walked in with these cuties!! Love it!!!
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  8. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik

    Love ’em!!! And the chocolate mint cookie underneath sounds delicious! 🙂
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  9. Trisha

    These little cookies look so adorable. I think this is the beginning of your creative streak – keep at it, you never know 🙂
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  10. Teri@The Freshman Cook

    These are adorable, and very creative! Thanks for linking up to our Pinterest Inspired Blog Hop!

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  11. Mariel

    For not being creative, I’m impressed! Those are cute and look delicious! I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  12. Christy

    Thanks for the shout out!! You are SUPER creative, you always have been. Paper just wasn’t your medium. Kitchen ingredients absolutely are!! You amaze me with your recipes and stuff. We’ll have to trade scrapbook layouts for cupcakes soon!!

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    • Ashley

      I’m all for a trade! I don’t think I’ve scrapbooked since you moved, and I have five years worth of kiddo pictures. Come visit soon!

      Reply
  13. Joan@Chocolateandmore

    Love these and I have some orange jimmies in my baking cabinet! can’t wait to make these with my girls this Christmas! Pinned.
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  14. Michelle

    Pinned, check. Shared on FB, check. Licked the screen, mnmnmnm, check. These are so adorable they’ll probably be served at Thanksgiving because I don’t think I can wait until after to make them. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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    • Ashley

      Thanks so much, Michelle! These were really fun to make, and even better–they were easy. 🙂

      Reply
  15. Cheese with Noodles

    Aw, these are so cute! I have seen melted snowman cookies before, but they were MUCH more involved. Your method looks a lot easier and is nearly as charming but with a heck of a lot less work. Also, your method involves peanut butter cups (a huge plus!) and a yummy chocolate cookie instead of a boring sugar cookie! Last year I considered making melted snowman cookies and wrote down a plan for simplifying the process, but your way is even easier. I think I will give them a try in a couple of weeks!
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  16. Terri

    Question: what are orange jimmies?

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    • Ashley

      Hi Terri. Jimmies are a type of sprinkle–typically jimmies are long and thin, like in the snowman’s nose. You should be able to find them at any grocery store or craft store.

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      • Terri

        Thank you! I just had never heard of them! 🙂

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  17. Althea

    Hey, these are still going strong at the end of January! Great job. Found them on, of all places, Reeses’ Facebook page! And hey, who says these are only holidayish? Some parts of the country have snow from Oct-April! I might just make some for my grandbabies next week! Thanks!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Althea. I had a lot of fun making these with my kiddo–hope your grand kids enjoy these, too. =)

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  19. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    If these were the pinnacle of my creativity, I would be beyond proud! I LOVE these! So adorable. I can’t wait to make them!

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