Last year I discovered an awesome idea to create melting snowman biscuits on the BBC Good Food website, and tried them out for the first time. They are not only fun to make, but great to involve children in too!
Make your biscuits...
Firstly, you need to make the biscuits. You can do this with any basic biscuit recipe but my favourite is Nigella's Butter Cookies.
Grease proof paper or baking parchment
175g soft unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4/350ºF.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs mixture, and mix gently.
Halve the dough, wrap each half in clingfilm and rest it all in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, and roll out the dough to a thickness of about ½ cm.
Cut the dough, into whatever size biscuits you've chosen and place them a little apart on the baking trays.
Bake for 8–12 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges.
Set aside to cool.
Turn your biscuits into melting snowmen...
Your cooled cookies
200g icing sugar
A pack of large white marshmallows
Chocolate matchsticks (or similar)
A tube of black writing icing
Pearl sprinkles (or similar)
Put the icing sugar into a bowl and add cold water one teaspoon at a time until the mixture is runny but thick enough to coat a spoon.
Cut the marshmallows in half using wetted scissors.
Using the icing like glue, attach half a marshmallow to your biscuit and then stick the other half on top at an angle.
Drizzle icing onto your biscuit around the marshmallow to look like melting snow.
Break the chocolate matchsticks into smaller pieces and attach them to your biscuit for arms.
Stick three pearl sprinkles on each biscuit to represent buttons.
Using the writing icing, pipe small blobs for the eyes, nose and mouth.
Leave to set.
All that is left after they have set is to enjoy eating them. After all, isn't that what baking at home is all about? The baker always gets the first taste!
So there you are - a nice, fun baking activity to do with your children (or by yourself if you feel so inclined!) that is quick, easy and looks totally awesome!
For more posts about Christmas, visit the Christmas category page. If you have any questions about my melting snowman biscuits which I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments section below.