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Homemade Snow Globes Recipe

Homemade Snow Globes Recipe

You'll be snowed under with offers from kids wanting to help you put together these cute snow globes. Just make sure they don't nibble up all the ingredients before they're decorated! Together, the globes would make a fun centerpiece...or use individually for creative place cards. —Georgia Kohart, Oakwood, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 sugar cookies (about 3-1/2 inches)
  • Assorted decorations: miniature marshmallows, orange and brown jimmies, Fruit Roll-Ups, spearmint leaves, peppermint candies, edible glitter and holiday sprinkles
  • 3 clear plastic ornaments (3 inches)


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Cover frosting with a damp cloth between uses. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
  • 2. Working with one cookie at a time, spread 2 tablespoons frosting over the top of cookie.
  • 3. For snowman, cut two miniature marshmallows in half. Attach three halves with a small amount of frosting. Decorate face with jimmies. For scarf, trim a thin 1-1/2-in. strip from a Fruit Roll-Up. Shape a toboggan from a strip of Fruit Roll-Up; attach toboggan to cookie. Attach snowman to toboggan. Add spearmint leaves for trees.
  • 4. With a dab of frosting, attach four peppermint candies to the bottom of each cookie. Let stand overnight to dry completely.
  • 5. To assemble, separate ornaments into halves. Working with one cookie at a time, spread edge of ornament half with frosting. Place 1 teaspoon edible glitter and 1 teaspoon holiday sprinkles inside ornament; carefully invert decorated cookie onto ornament half, sealing edges. Use frosting and a star tip to pipe a decorative edge around globe. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 snow globes.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Crystal Keepsakes 80mm Everyday Ball-shaped Crystal Ornaments, available at craft stores. Meringue powder and edible glitter are available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 137567
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Loved these and everyone who has seen them loves them too! I couldn't find the spearmint leaves so I used green and red fruit slices but you could use green gum drops or pipe them on yourself. The icing does harden up so everything stays together BUT yes you can still eat these if you want b.c. the icing is just royal icing and will melt in your mouth and taste sweet. Next time I will be using my icing recipe that doesn't harden b.c. we want to eat ours right away so we don't need it to harden. I will also be using my piping skills to pipe on a Christmas tree and use festive sprinkles for the ornaments and colored sugar for the base of the cookie. I still will use the marshmallow snowman b.c. I LOVED that but I will pipe on his nose and eyes. And addition pipe on his scarf and buttons. This was time consuming but fun and well worth the time!"

lizg0017 User ID: 1789837 174567
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"These were totally a hit. I used them as placemarkers for my Christmas dinner table and put name tags inside. Couldn't find spearmint trees, so I found some suckers that were small enough to fit perfectly inside the dome."

desperado33 User ID: 4556492 169583
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"@grannyof11 It says 3 clear plastic ornaments, separated into halves"

Sjohnson6542 User ID: 4457270 158572
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Made these last year with my teenage neice, to give to the younger cousins, and we had a ball. A little time consuming but but well worth the results. Very impressive looking!"

grannyof11 User ID: 4502202 170764
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"You need 6 half domes not 3"

jllove User ID: 1407405 99959
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Haven't made these yet but can't wait! I have gingerbread flavored gingermen marshmallows that I plan on using for the snowmen instead. I have a 1 year old grandson so will be careful what I use for decor and to remove candies he can't have."

angels4507 User ID: 4632421 209465
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"This is so darling, I can't wait to make it, I will write another review when I am done, my grandchildren will love this. Thank you so much"

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