12.02.2011

12 Days of Christmas: Day 2 - Recipe and Tutorial for Marshmallow Snowmen


Welcome Kristi from Cooking Unbound.
 
She is a follower and a super awesome cook! I have been browsing her blog trying to decide what fun recipes to try out! Seriously... I have been drooling! Kristi is here today to share with us a fun holiday treat idea. This one if great for the kids to do too!

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I came across this idea in a Living magazine and thought it was just too adorable to pass up.  Aubrey (my 3 year old) and I made them together and took them to a friend's house for a snack.  When my friends saw them, the first thing they said was, "This is going on your blog, right?!"  They looked at me incredulously when I told them that I hadn't taken any pictures.  So one of them grabbed my phone and snapped this shot of me holding a snowman and told me to upload it to facebook.


I decided to take a pic without me in it :) and posted this one instead.  


To my surprise, I received a lot of feedback from others wanting to make them, so here it is!  Yes, I made them again just to take pictures...and to make my daughters' day. :)



Now, although I do love a lot of Martha Stewart's ideas (and I subscribe to her magazines), I'd have to say that she has a tendency to make difficult things seem super easy.  I, unfortunately, am not that talented.  Please tell me I'm not the only one!? :)  I tried one snowman Martha's way and after a failed attempt, I came up with my own way to make it a little more manageable.  I can guarantee that it will be well worth the effort when you see the look on your little cherub's face when you hand her one to eat. :)

What you need:
  • Marshmallows
  • White decorating sugar (for the front of the snowmen)
  • Different colors of decorating sugars (for the hat)
  • Larger sprinkles for the eyes, nose, and buttons (we used brown for the eyes, orange for the nose, and different colors for the buttons).
  • A 3/4  inch circle cutter, or something fairly close to that size (I found something in my kids' playdough stash that worked).
  • A 1/2 inch circle cutter, or something fairly close to that size that is smaller than your 3/4 inch cutter. (I used a small frosting tip).
  • A toothpick (to poke holes)
  • Small bowl of warm water
  • Skewers (I had wooden kebab skewers that I just broke in half)
The process:

1.  For the body, cut marshmallows in half, crosswise. One half will be the body.


2.  For the head, take the other half of the cut marshmallow, and cut it with the 3/4 in. cutter.


3.  Slide these pieces onto the skewer, with the cut sides (sticky sides) facing forward, as this will be the the front of the snowman.


4.  Dip the front of the snowman in a bowl of white decorating sugar.



5.  Using a toothpick, make holes for the eyes, nose, and buttons.  Place sprinkles in the holes.  Try to push them in a bit so they stick well.


6.  For the hat, cut a marshmallow crosswise into thirds.  Cut another marshmallow crosswise into quarters. 


7.  Using the 3/4 in. cutter, cut circles from the quarter slices.  These will be the brims.  Coat brims in decorating sugar of choice, then slide onto skewer.



(Tip:  Dip the cutters into warm water first.  This will help the marshmallows to release easily.  Otherwise, they might stick to the cutter and misshape when you try to pull the piece out.)
 
7.  Using the 1/2 in. cutter, cut circles out of the marshmallow that you sliced into thirds.  Coat in decorating sugar of choice, then slide onto skewer.





8.  Now stand back and admire your work!  And make sure to have someone take a picture of you with your snowman, and post it on my facebook page for me to see! :)

The Living magazine version included a scarf.  If you're up for it, use the scraps from the cut marshmallows, coat them in decorating sugar, and wrap it around the "neck."  I tried one and it didn't turn out so good, but maybe you'll have better luck than me. :)

 
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Thanks Kristi! I am so excited to make these with my little ones. Since they are dairy and egg free, my whole family can enjoy them. What a fun idea!!

Can you imagine how cute they would be sticking out of a cup of hot cocoa!? How about on top of a cupcake!? Oooh... the possibilities!
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4 comments:

  1. Super cute! And, it actually does look easy! Yes, MS does make difficult things seem simple :)

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  2. Aw, these are SO cute!! How fun!

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  3. Thank you so much for featuring! It is an honor. :) I posted this on my blog today and mentioned you with a link. Thanks!

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  4. These are adorable!! Pretty sure we will be making these thsi year! Also - thanks for the blog hop/link!! Great blogs!

    Hope to see you at Building Our Story too!
    www.buildingourstory.com

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