Snowman Snacks for Winter Season

Is there a better time to make these snowman snacks than winter time? Probably not. As the weather is getting colder, our kitchen is getting hotter with some awesome snacks in the shape of snowman and more.

1. Decorated snowman cupcakes

On a white frosted cupcake, this cute little guy sports a blue decorator gel cap, topped with a mini marshmallow. He’s completed with a candy corn nose, M&M’s eyes and mouth made from small chocolate chips.

2. Snowman soup

Put hot chocolate mix in a cup. Add hot water and mix. Put in two Hershey kisses, stir again. To cool off add an ice cube and then two or three marshmallows for the snowballs. A Candy cane would a nice touch as stirrer. 

Visit the Hot Cocoa page (page bottom) for three Snowman Soup poems.

3. Popcorn snowman


2 ½ quarts popped corn¼ Cup butter
1 pkg. 10 oz. Marshmallows1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Pop popcorn and set aside. (Caution-be sure to get all unpopped seeds out of the popped corn.)
  • In a saucepan over low heat melt butter and marshmallows. Stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour over popped pop corn and mix until well coated.
  • With buttered hands form into snowball shapes. (It will be VERY sticky – and easier to handle when cooled and set a bit)
  • Make one large ball for the bottom, one medium ball and a smaller ball for the head.
  • Decorate with pretzel sticks, candy, raisins, or nuts for the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons.

4. Easy snowman cake

  • Prepare a cake mix and bake in two round cake pans. One cake pan smaller than the other. One will be the bottom of the snowman one will be the top.
  • Allow to cool and frost with white frosting.
  • If desired, sprinkle shredded white coconut over all of frosting or leave without.
  • Add gumdrops or other candies for eyes and a nose and licorice whips for a smile.
  • Add chocolate candies for buttons.
  • You can add pretzels rods or licorice whips for arms. Click here for original Flickr recipe and photo.

5. Make an ice cream snowman

Start out with two or three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Have the kids decorate their snowmen with M&Ms for the nose and chocolate chips for the buttons and the eyes, long pieces of black licorice could be used for the top hat.

6. Rice krispy snowman version 1

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 ounces) marshmallows (about 40)
6 cups crispy rice cereal

You can decorate with anything

5 round red peppermint candies
8 red jelly beans
10 semisweet chocolate chips
25 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 fruit roll-up, cut into 3/4-inch strips
15 red-hot cinnamon candies and 10 pretzel sticks

How to make:

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a soup pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and add the cereal; stir until completely coated.
  3. Using a 3/4-cup measure of the mixture for each, form five balls and place on the baking sheet. Using a 1/3-cup measure for each, form five more balls. Place the smaller balls on top of the larger ones, forming snowmen. Decorate with the candies, chips, and pretzels as shown.
  4. Serve, or cover loosely with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

TIP: Coat your hands with nonstick cooking spray or butter to keep the marshmallow mixture from sticking to them when forming the cereal balls.

Bonus – snowman decorating ideas: 

  • Raisins (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.)
  • Red Hots (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.)
  • M&M’s (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.)
  • Chocolate Chips (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.)
  • Tiny Jelly Beans (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.)
  • Large Gum Drops (hat)
  • Pretzel Sticks (Arms)

7. Rice Krispies snowman version 2


3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kelloggs rice krispies cereal or Kelloggs cocoa krispies cereal
Prepared chocolate and vanilla frosting
Green and black candy pieces

Note: For best results, use fresh marshmallows. 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme can be substituted for marshmallows.Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended. Store no more than two days in airtight container.

  • Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  • Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly in 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Using a 4-inch snowman cookie cutter, cut into snowman shapes when cooled. If a snowman cookie cutter is not available, use 1 1/2-inch, 1 3/5-inch and 2-inch round cookie cutters. Using prepared frosting, connect each circle to make a snowman and decorate as desired with remaining ingredients. Best if served the same day.

Microwave directions:

In a microwave save bowl, heat margarine and marshmallows at HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary. Source: Safeway Stores

8. Rice krispy snowballs

6 cups Rice Krispy cereal
1/4 cup margarine
10 oz package marshmallows
Powdered sugar

Follow microwave directions for making rice krispy treats. Allow mixture to cool but not harden. Have children mold into snowballs; shake the balls in baggies filled with powdered sugar

9. Banana snowman

For each child you need:

  • 1/2 banana per child
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tb. honey per child
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • Small pieces of carrots or cancy corn and raisins
  • Toothpicks and pretzels

For each Snowman use one large, one medium, and one small piece of banana. Stir honey into the milk and then dip the pieces of banana into the mix.

Optional – roll in the coconut. If desired, stack the pieces onto the toothpick or build a snowman on a plate with the bananas. Decorate with raisins and carrot pieces or candy corn. Add pretzel arms if desired.

10. Snowman cookies

1 box white cake mix2 eggs
1 stick butter, softened1 tsp. vanilla extract
Red and green candiesRed and brown icing gel
  • Mix eggs, butter and vanilla.
  • Slowly mix in cake mix.
  • Chill dough at least 1 hour.
  • Roll dough into one inch and 3/4 inch balls.
  • Put smaller ball beside larger ball on cookie sheet, press together slightly.
  • Use green candy for eyes on smaller ball; use red candy on larger ball for buttons.
  • Bake at 350 degrees on a un-greased cookie sheet, for 8-9 minutes. Remove and cool.
  • Use red icing gel to make mouth and brown to make a broom.

11. Marshmallow snowman

Basic recipe: Give each child 2 marshmallows, 3 pretzel sticks and a few raisins.

Take a pretzel stick and put it into the middle of one of the marshmallows and then place the other marshmallow on top. Now take the other two pretzels and use them for the arms. Use the raisins for eyes, nose, and mouth.

Now EAT!

12. Snowman toast

Ingredients: Toast, softened cream cheese, fruit roll-ups, carrots, raisins, round cookie cutters

  • Make toasted bread; make circles from the toast using the cookie cutters.
  • Spread cream cheese on the toast to create the snow.
  •  Decorate the ‘Snowman” with the carrots and raisins.
  • Fashion a scarf with thin strips of the fruit roll-up. Fun!

13. Rice cake ‘snow people’ snack

Give each child a rice cake and have them spread cream cheese or white frosting on the rice cakes.

Decorate the faces with M&M’s, raisins, raisinets, red liquorish, and baby carrots.

This sample by uses cream cheese on the rice cake. It is competed with a baby carrot nose, mini-chocolate chip mouth, and M&M’s eyes.

14. Snowman cookie

Nice after snow play, this gives 1 Snowman Snack


3 vanilla wafers,
1 tablespoon vanilla icing,
Raisins/sprinkles/candy corn/other garnish
1. Place vanilla wafers on plate so they are in a vertical line.
2. Coat each wafer with vanilla icing.
3. Decorate snowman however you like. Some ideas: Round sprinkles for eyes and mouth, raisins for buttons, candy corn for the  nose.

15. Quick snowman treats.

  • Powder donuts (Snowballs)
  • Carrots noses with snowman dip (ranch dressing)
  • Snowman face. Using cream cheese, crackers and imagination, create snowmen faces! (Use olives, veggie pieces, raisins, etc. for facial features)
  • Snowman sandwiches  cut bread into different circle shapes and placed together to make a snowman!  Add pretzel stick arms and raisin buttons eyes! A srip of fruit leather can be fashioned into a scarf. (The above child-made sample is courtesy of Rowecrew)
  • ‘Hostess’ White snowballs
  • Rice Krispie Treat snow balls (See recipe above)

16. Powdered sugar snowman donut face

These are easy and fun! Simply dab a bit of white frosting to a candy corn and place it in the center of the donut (where the hole is). This sample (made by kids as well as the below snowman) has regular chocolate chips for the eyes and mini chocolate chips for the mouth.

M&M’s or gum drop candy could also be used for the eyes and mouth – and a gum drop for the nose.

17. Powdered donut hole snowman


White Donut Holes and small white donuts
Trimming choices: Candy corn, M&M’s, mini M&M’s, chocolate chips, mini-chocolate chips, etc.
Tooth Picks
Optional: Pretzel ring and chocolate kiss candy for hat; Pretzel sticks for arms


  1. In this sample, two donut holes are joined together by a toothpick and secured on a mini powdered sugar donut. (You can use one donut hole on one donut if desired, and then proceed with the same directions).

    The head is topped first with a round pretzel and then an unwrapped candy kiss to make a hat.

    2. The eyes and buttons are chocolate chips. The nose is a candy corn piece. There are no arms in this image.

Note: Each decoration is secured with small amounts of white frosting. Making this little guy would be easier for young children using two donuts and not three.

18. Snow covered donuts

Take 1 tube unbaked biscuits and separate. Cut or split crosswise. Heat oil in small pan. Fry the little biscuits like donuts until golden brown. After frying drain and then roll in powdered sugar snow.

TIP: Consume these the same day they are made. The sugar melts into the ‘donut’ and they can become sticky. They also taste good when first rolled in a mixture of cinnamon and then the powdered sugar.

19. Make snow people and Sculptures! A snack and craft in one.


Both Large and Mini Marshmallows, Pretzel Sticks, Raisins, Small Candies and Chocolate chips – Frosting to use as a ‘Glue’.

Just put out goodies and allow children to create snow people and sculptures. Insert pretzel sticks into the marshmallows and build from there. Of course put out extras for the kids to munch on as they build!

20. Snowman milkshake in a cup/glass

Materials and Ingredients:

  • Clear glasses or cups
  • Milk chocolate candy bar
  • Clean, unused paint brush
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk, less for thicker milkshakes

How to make:

  1. Melt the chocolate bar in the microwave 15 seconds at a time until soft.
    2. Using a paint brush – paint eyes, nose and mouth on the inside of the glass.
    3. Put the glass in the refrigerator so the chocolate can harden.
    4. Mix the ice cream, vanilla and milk together in a blender. Pour into the glasses.
    5. Add ribbon or yarn to the base of the glass for a scarf. Enjoy your snowman!

Note: I made this drink and you need to be very careful when painting on the face! Our ‘faces’ looked more like they were ready for Halloween I now make orange shakes/smoothies with Jack-O-Lantern faces in October!

21. Peanut butter (Nutter Butter) snowman


2 (16-ounce) bags white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 (16-ounce) package peanut butter sandwich cookies (recommended: Nabisco Nutter Butters)

For decorating:

Chocolate sprinkles
Candy buttons (dot candy on paper)
Colored sprinkles
Red nonpareils
Large sugared gum drop jellies
Red string licorice ((recommended: Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel)

  1. Place white chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, microwave on high for additional 30 second intervals until mixture is smooth. If you prefer, place in double boiler over low heat, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, pierce 1 end of each cookie with a toothpick. Use the toothpick to dip entire cookie into the white chocolate mixture. Let excess drip back into bowl and lay cookie on wire rack. Before the white chocolate has a chance to cool, decorate the cookie with various candies into a playful snowman.
  3. Place chocolate sprinkles as eyebrows, blue or green dots for eyes, an orange sprinkle placed vertically for the nose and several red nonpareils for a mouth. Cut a gumdrop in half, slice a sliver from each half lengthwise to form a crescent shaped brim to the hat. Top off the hat with a gumdrop half and reserve the other half for another snowman. You may have to flatten the gumdrop a bit to fit the snowman.

After the snowman has completely dried, tie a red string licorice around the neck as a scarf. Using a rolling pin to flatten the licorice will make it easier for the scarf to stay tied and look natural. Recipe source Sandra Lee Food Network Specials

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