The clownish snowman of song and story — who led the youngsters such a merry chase — conjures up pictures of apple-cheeked children with mittened hands and colorful scarves, building an icy figure on the front lawn. Cast-off clothing, coal for eyes, a carrot for a nose, and a broom tucked jauntily underarm complete the masterpiece.
Legend has it that a snowman has a life of his own after nightfall, and comes to the aid of woeful youngsters when needed. One unhappy boy, finding two lumps of coal in his stocking, tiptoed out the door and stuck them in his snowman’s face. Miraculously, the figure came to life and smilingly invited him to a broomstick ride.
Over hill and dale they flew, enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas Eve merrymaking. The boy returned home enchanted with his aerial trip. A dream? Perhaps! But snowmen, like parents, feel no child should be unhappy at Christmas.
Shown: An assortment of jolly snowmen, one made of cake, one of popcorn, the others cookie dough.
The Frosty Cake is from a quick mix. The secret to his shape: baking the white cake in two steep-sided heat-proof mixing bowls. Then you stack the cakes, frost them, then decorate with candies and a construction paper hat.
Our impish Popcorn Snowman is trying to keep a secret, too. Lift up his head and look under the jaunty yarn muffler. You’ll find a treasure — his body is hollow and can be filled with candy.
Swinging Snowmen Cookies are made with three sizes of oatmeal cookie balls, baked, dipped in icing, then stacked and trimmed to suit your fancy.
Popcorn snowman recipe
4 quarts popped corn
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Keep popcorn warm in 300 F oven. Cover outside of an empty 8 ounce coffee can with brown wrapping paper and secure with tape. Turn right side up and place on waxed paper.
In buttered saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook and stir to dissolve sugar. Continue cooking, without stirring, to soft crack stage (280 F). Stir vanilla into cooked syrup. Pour slowly over popped corn, tossing just to mix thoroughly. Butter hands lightly; working quickly, use about 2/3 mixture to shape snowman’s “body” around covered can. Fill in additional popcorn to curve over edges of can.
Shape remaining mixture into ball for “head.” Use candy for face and features. Put snowman together; add a yarn “scarf.” Fill can inside with additional candies, if desired. Top with a hat made from red felt.
Frosty cake recipe
1 2 layer size white cake mix
1 package fluffy white frosting mix
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour 1=-1/2 cups of the batter into well greased and floured deep 1 quart ovenproof glass mixing bowl. Pour remaining batter into well greased and floured deep 1-1/2 quart ovenproof glass mixing bowl. Bake in 350 F oven for 40 to 50 minutes or till cakes test done. Cool 10 minutes; turn out on rack and cool completely. Place larger cake, flatter side down, on serving plate. Place smaller cake atop bottom layer, top side down.
Trim small cake to make head round. Prepare frosting mix according to package directions; frost cake. Decorate with peppermint candies, gumdrops, chocolate wafers, and licorice strings. Top with a construction paper hat.