Red Velvet Melting Snowman Cookies

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If you have read my blog for awhile now you know that I am very, very serious about two things.

1. Honesty and Integrity in blogging… always crediting the source when you use someone else’s idea.

2. Sugar.

Red Velvet Melting Snowman Cookies!

These cookie were inspired by the amazing Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie.  She created the Original Melting Snowman cookies five years ago and she is a genius.  I have admired her cookies and tutorials for years and feel lucky to know someone who is SO creative!  Her idea has been copied so many times its hard to keep track.  Its my hope that everyone would know where the brilliant idea began!

While the snowman part of this cookie was inspired by Meaghan, the flavor was all about winter.  I wanted to make a cookie that was easy and yummy.  I wanted a cookie that would stay delicious for days.  I wanted my kitchen to be cleaned by magic kitchen fairies.

Good thing I got two of my three wishes.

Red Velvet Melting Snowman Cookies!

The cookie was easy.  Its made from a box!

Red Velvet Cookies


  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Red Gel Food Coloring


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silpat.
  3. In stand mixer, add cake mix, butter, and eggs. With mixer on slow, add in red gel food coloring until you reach your desired color. (batter will be very thick).
  4. Using 1-inch cookie scoop, drop dough about 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until set.
  6. Allow cookies to cool before frosting.

I used my favorite Perfect Cream Cheese frosting, only I added in about 1/4 cup of heavy cream.  This helps the frosting to not hold its shape and just barely start to spill over the sides of the cookies.

Red Velvet Melting Snowman Cookies!

Reese’s Peanut Butter ‘bells’ are used for his hat and I simply cut them in half. (This is best to do that at room temperature.) The snowman’s nose is an orange sprinkle and his eyes are mini chocolate chips.

Place hat on cookie, drop on the two eyes, then stick his nose on.  I let mine stick outward a bit, but you could also just lay it flat.  You really can’t go wrong!

Be sure to stop by and see The Decorated Cookie’s full tutorial and original cookie.  She has so many great ideas,  I know I could spend hours looking at all her creations.

And as always, if you are opposed to box mix, feel free to substitute your favorite red velvet cookie recipe. :)




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  1. AngieN24 says

    So cute! Does the frosting ‘set up’ at all? I’m curious if these would work as a wrapped cookie for a bake sale? (all the goodies have to be prewrapped, rather than on a tray open for the sale). Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Angie! The frosting does not get hard. There is a slight “crusting”, but it stays moist for the most part. I bet you could make a shortening based cream cheese and that would work!

  2. says

    These are so adorable! I’ve seen many versions of these, and it’s nice to know where the original came from! I love your version, especially the red velvet part. And those Reese’s Bells make perfect little hats!

  3. says

    Amanda, these cookies have to be one of the most fun, adorable ideas I’ve ever seen. I know that kids would love these, but I’m totally serving them at my grown up Christmas party. My friends are going to flip (and then I will send them to your and Meaghan’s blog, hehe). Yay for credit, cookie love, and SUGAR!

  4. Heather Hinson says

    I love red velvet anything and these look great. Can you use a box of the red velvet cake mix instead of the devil’s food cake mix and red food coloring?