Winter has settled into our area and I am not feeling it. The days outside are gray and gloomy. I prefer to stay inside with a glass of cocoa and a good book. (Or my laptop. I’m not picky.) Regular marshmallows are fine, but sometimes, to give myself and the kids an added treat, I make an Easy Marshmallow Snowman. The great thing about these snowmen is they don’t have to look perfect. Kids can decorate them and tell everyone how they helped cook. They’re gluten free also, so everyone can enjoy them. If you happen to have a peanut butter allergy, the mini peanut butter cup hats can be substituted with mini marshmallow cup hats. You can’t go wrong with more marshmallows!
This recipe is easy to double or triple. I started with four regular size marshmallows (don’t use jumbo, they are too big), a small tube of black decorator icing, an orange gumdrop, 2 mini peanut butter cups, and two snowflake sprinkles for decoration. I also used 1/4 teaspoon vanilla icing as “glue.”
I used a wooden skewer to make these marshmallow snowmen, but if you have younger children you could use a straw, although it will be more difficult. I began to threading two marshmallows on each skewer and topping it with a mini peanut butter cup.
I used black writing icing (available in the baking section of almost any grocery store) to make three horizontal dots on the bottom marshmallow. Then I made two dots for eyes and several dots, approximately seven, for the mouth. Helpful hint-gently squeeze and then lift up the tube before making another dot.
Pinch off a small piece of the orange gumdrop and roll it into a nose shape. Spread a pinch of frosting onto the back of the gumdrop and place onto the top marshmallow. To add a small splash of color to the hat, I used a snowflake sprinkle, attached with a pinch of icing. Allow the nose and snowflake-if using-to dry (should only take a minute or two) before placing the snowman in the cocoa.
The marshmallows melt fairly quickly when added to the cocoa but look so adorable when they are first served. Want some delicious cocoa recipes to use with the marshmallows? Try
Snowman Cocoa Mix
Mexican Hot Cocoa in a Jar (Great gift idea!)
I also have a recipe for Peppermint Stir Sticks.
(All of these recipes are gluten free too!)
Do you have a favorite cocoa recipe for winter?