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Coconut Snowmen

Our snowman is made of vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut. His eyes, mouth, and buttons are licorice candies, his carrot nose marzipan, and his hat a toasted marshmallow atop a chocolate cookie. To make these snowmen, you will need three ice-cream scoops in varied sizes. Shoestring licorice cut into small pieces can also be used for the buttons, eyes, and mouth.

  • yield: Makes 4
Photography: Gentl and Hyers

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pints best-quality vanilla ice cream
  • Two 7-ounce packages coconut
  • Orange food coloring

For the Nose

  • 1 tablespoon marzipan (1/4 ounce)

For the Eyes, Mouth, and Buttons

  • 40 Sen Sen licorice candies

For the Hat

  • 4 marshmallows
  • 4 chocolate wafers
  • Sifted confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Line a baking pan that fits in your freezer with parchment paper. Scoop the vanilla ice cream, rounding scoops as much as possible, until you have 4 of each size, and place on the prepared baking pan. Place the pan in the freezer to harden for 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the ice cream from the freezer, and roll in coconut. Return to pan, then return the pan to the freezer. Add orange food coloring to marzipan until carrot color is attained. Shape marzipan into small carrot shapes, using a paring knife to make ridges. Remove 1 small scoop of ice cream at a time from the freezer, and make faces using Sen Sen for eyes and mouth and marzipan carrots for the nose. Return to freezer until ready to serve.

  3. Step 3

    Remove middle-size scoops from the freezer one at a time; place Sen Sen in a row down the front to create buttons. Remove remaining scoops from freezer, and stack to create snowmen, pressing slightly to adhere. Return snowmen to freezer.

  4. Step 4

    Make the top hats by roasting marshmallows on skewers over a gas burner. Alternatively, place marshmallows on a baking sheet under the broiler, and cook until browned, rotating every few seconds. Place the toasted marshmallow on the chocolate wafer, and dust with sifted confectioners' sugar. Place the hat on the snowmen just before serving.

Reviews (5)

  • 23 Dec, 2011

    What a wonderful and creative recipe. Instead of marzipan I used "Liquorice Fruit Bites" and cut the black licquorice from the outside and used the orange inside for the snowmen's nose and the red/pink inside for the mouth, with the black liquorice used for the eyes and buttons.

  • 20 Nov, 2008

    I wonder if one may substitute the coconut with white chocolate shavings? I'm not altogether sure that the kids dig coconut, yet...

  • 27 Aug, 2008

    can you please tell me what ismarzipan?

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    Almost too cute to eat!!! ALMOST!!! I used a Wilton mini ball pan and made little cakes -( asembled with a wooded skewer). I just love snowmen and this will be an annual event for us from now on!!! Forget the stores! We just spend time together and make and bake and eat yummies!!! As MS would say...IT'S A GOOD THING!!!

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    Almost too cute to eat!!! ALMOST!!! I used a Wilton mini ball pan and made little cakes -( asembled with a wooded skewer). I just love snowmen and this will be an annual event for us from now on!!! Forget the stores! We just spend time together and make and bake and eat yummies!!! As MS would say...IT'S A GOOD THING!!!