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Melting Snowmen

 Melting Snowmen
The pros in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen built sweet, minty snowmen that are sure to melt hearts. Feel free to experiment with different candies for the decorations.
24 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + standing

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 pound white candy coating, chopped, divided
  • 7 to 8 Starburst candies (orange for noses and colors of your choice for earmuffs)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine milk and extract. Stir in 2 cups
  • confectioners' sugar and cocoa to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a
  • surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. Knead in enough
  • remaining confectioners' sugar to form a very stiff dough (dough
  • should not be sticky).
  • Divide into thirds. Shape one portion into twenty-four 1/2-in. balls.
  • Shape remaining portions of dough into twenty-four 1-in. balls. On
  • waxed paper-lined baking sheets, flatten each 1-in. ball into an
  • irregular 1-1/2-in. circle.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 2 oz. white candy coating. Using
  • melted coating, attach a 1/2-in. ball near an edge of each circle.
  • Let dry 1 hour.
  • Using Starburst candies, cut out noses and earmuffs as desired. Melt
  • remaining white candy coating; cool slightly. Working in batches of

2 of 2

Melting Snowmen (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • six, spoon candy coating over snowmen, allowing coating to drape
  • over each until completely covered. Immediately attach noses and
  • earmuffs. Let stand at room temperature until dry to the touch,
  • about 1 hour.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Using a
  • toothpick and melted chocolate, form eyes, mouths, buttons and tops
  • of earmuffs. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 snowman equals 205 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.