Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

This post may include amazon links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Double Thumbprint Snowman Cookies- because 2 cookies are always better than one. GUEST POST by Munchkin Munchies

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies from Munchkin Munchies #BringtheCOOKIES

I am so happy to be here with Katrina for the “I’ll Bring the Cookies” 3rd Annual Event!

Christmas and cookies just go together, don’t they? I sure think so! Thumbprint cookies are one of my favorite kinds of cookies.  I have made them with jam, made them into hearts, and I even made them into shamrocks with tinted lemon curd. So, when I put my thinking cap on about what kind of cookie to make, thumbprint cookies popped into my head, this time as snowmen:)  I love them! Simple and cute, that’s my mantra.

Shaping Thumbprint Snowman Cookies from Munchkin Munchies #BringtheCOOKIES

This photo is the snowmen cookie with bodies, which is a fun option. Simply put two balls of dough together, press your thumbprint in the center of each, and bake. I made half of the cookies this way, and half with heads only.  It’s up to you.

Filling Thumbprint Snowman Cookies from Munchkin Munchies #BringtheCOOKIES

Fill each center with the icing, let it dry and then comes the fun part, simple decorations to turn them into snowmen.

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies from Munchkin Munchies #BringtheCOOKIES

They are decorated with royal icing for the nose, buttons and carrot nose. I am kind of smitten. Wouldn’t these look festive on a cookie platter, or be fun to give as gifts? I think they’d bring a smile to anyone.

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies from Munchkin Munchies #BringtheCOOKIES

Thanks so much for having me, Katrina, and putting this cookie event together despite the trials you have been through with your health; you’re a trooper! 🙂

post signature

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

Cute double thumbprint cookies made into adorable snowmen- because two cookies are always better than one.


  • Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Icing to fill cookies
  • Icing:
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla optional
  • Gel paste food coloring black, orange for decoration


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
  • Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. For each full snowman cookie, on an ungreased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, place 2 dough balls side by side with one side touching. Press thumbs into each ball to form an indentation in each.  Repeat with remaining dough balls, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.  For heads only, use one dough ball.
  • Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack. Let cookies cool.  Fill each indentation with the icing (I used decorating bags and #2 or #3 tip. Let icing dry for several hours.
  • Tint some of the royal icing black, and some orange.  Using a small decorating (#1) tip and black icing, apply buttons and eyes.  With the orange, add a carrot nose.
  • Let cookies dry completely, ENJOY!

A new cookie recipe every day in December- a virtual blogger cookie swap!

This post is part of our Third Annual I’ll Bring the COOKIES Virtual Blogger Cookie Swap. Be sure to check back here every day in December leading up to Christmas where some of the best bloggers will be sharing their favorite cookie recipe! You can also follow along Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ with the hashtag #BringtheCOOKIES. Thank you to OXO for being our exclusive #BringtheCOOKIES sponsor.  Be sure to visit Sue’s blog, Munchkin Munchies to enter a sweet OXO Baking Prize Pack

More delicious cookie recipes from Sue:

Geeky Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Tree

Special Delivery Cookies

- Katrina

47 Responses to “Thumbprint Snowman Cookies”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Aww these are so cute Katrina!! I love their little smiles 🙂

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Smiling food is the best food 😀

  2. #
    Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe — December 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Oh my these are too cute and so clever. I’m in love! Pinning!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks Kim! I’m kind of smitten with these little snowmen too 🙂

  3. #
    Sue {munchkin munchies} — December 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks again for having me, Katrina! It’s always fun:)

  4. #
    [email protected] — December 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    dag done dun it again Sue! everything and i mean EVERYTHING you make is above the cuteness factor! 🙂

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      I agree- everything Sue makes is so SO cute! She makes me happy!

  5. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    eeeeee adorbs!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Hahaaaha! I approve of your enthusiasm 🙂

  6. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    These are TOO cute, Katrina! Love these Christmassy little treats.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Festive cookies are the best, aren’t they?!

  7. #
    Liddy — December 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I love these and want to make them for Christmas, but where is the link to the actual recipe? I’m probably looking straight at it but not seeing it, LOL.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      No- you were right! All fixed now- there was a glitch in the recipe box that prevented it from showing up. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy making these adorable cookies.

  8. #
    LindaGadz — December 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    ~agree with Liddy…I can’t find the recipe for the thumbprint cookie.

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — December 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      All fixed now- there was a glitch in the recipe box that prevented it from showing up. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — December 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Omg, how cute are these! I’m obsessed!

  10. #
    Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me — December 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Sue! Cute and easy is your forte!! I love these cutie pies and can imagine they’d be great to do with kids! <3

  11. #
    Linda S. — December 14, 2013 at 12:19 am

    How precious! I will have to try these! Thank you!

  12. #
    michelle — December 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

    i love these!! Sue always has the best ideas!

  13. #
    Tonia — December 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Those are just the cutest cookies ever! Pinned!

  14. #
    Wendy — December 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    These snowmen are absolutely adorable!! This is the best thumbprint cookie I have ever seen! I can’t wait to try making them. Thank you! 🙂

  15. #
    Erin @ Making Memories — December 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I love these! Sue is amazing and always comes up with the cutest cookies!

  16. #
    Mike @ Semi Sweet — December 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Sue makes the cutest cookies! These snowmen are just another example of that fact. 🙂

  17. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — December 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I can not get over how cute their little faces are!

  18. #
    Carol J — December 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I made these today and the thumb indentation puffed up as they were baking….I took them out and had to press them down again then let them finish baking. How do you get the indentation to stay?

  19. #
    Carol J — December 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I made these today and while they were baking the thumb indentation puffed up…I had to take them out and press the indentation down again and then let them finish baking. How do you get the indentation to stay?

  20. #
    Sharzi — December 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

    I made these with a little variation… instead of using frosting, I used a white chocolate disk and edible markers for the face. The only problem I had was the dough was very dry so I had to add a little more milk to the recipe.

  21. #
    injustice: gods among Us cheats — September 21, 2014 at 2:54 am

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who
    had been conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me dinner
    simply because I stumbled upon it for him…

    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah,
    thanx for spending time to talk about this subject here on your blog.

  22. #
    Betty — November 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I have searched the recipe many times and don’t see how many cookies this recipe makes. I’m making them for a cookie exchange party and would like to know how many times I need to do this recipe. They look cute. Just making the heads though, instead of head and body. I await your reply.

  23. #
    Sue {munchkin munchies} — December 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I hope “Betty” sees this. It should make from 24-30 single (heads only) cookies, if I remember correctly. 🙂 Thanks for your interest. Have fun at the party!

  24. #
    Elizabeth — December 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Oh my!! So darling! Thank you.

  25. #
    Sara — December 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    These look adorable!!
    Are you able to make the cookie dough in advance and store it until ready to bake?? And how long for?

  26. #
    Robin — April 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I enjoyed these so much at Christmas, I decided to do an Easter version. I made individual cookies, filled the thumbprint with pastel tinted icing and did a white glaze drizzle over the top of the cookies. Made a beautiful presentation! And the fact that the base cookie is not overly sweet lends to a little freedom with embellishment. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  27. #
    Jamie — November 6, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I think instead of icing, I will put white chocolate chips or vanilla melties in after they come out of the oven but before they cool off.

  28. #
    Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) — November 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    These are so fun! Perfect for cookie exchange.

  29. #
    Jerri Wood — November 26, 2015 at 6:10 am

    These are so cute! I am going to make these for sure but what is royal icing?

  30. #
    La Nita — December 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I just love Snowman. I send out Snowmen Christmas cards, and now I have found Snowman cookies. I too will make these this year. I was looking something else and found these!

  31. #
    Jayhawk — December 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Hi! I am wanting to mail these cookies to friends. Do they become hard in 3 days? Or why is the shelf life listed as 3 days. It just seems shorter than most cookies. Thanks in advance!

  32. #
    Dossy — December 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I just finished a batch of these cookies. They were so easy to make. Per previous comments, I went over the thumbprints as soon as they came out of the oven. I used a #5 tip for the white icing, and #1 for the details. They are not an overly sweet cookie, and the icing is the perfect compliment.

  33. #
    Aki — December 26, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I made two batches of these adorable cookies for this Christmas, and it was a huge hit, especially with kids! As Sue said, they simply bring smile to just anyone. And like others before me, I love the fact that the cookie itself is not too sweet. Also gave a bit of extra touch to some of the snowmen by adding scarves and knitted caps, using royal icing and tip #2. I will surely make these again. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!!

  34. #
    Jennifer — May 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I have made these cookies many times. A few for Christmas cookie exchanges, and once I made ladybug cookies for my sister’s birthday! They are cute, delicious, and easy to make!

  35. #
    Lisa H — September 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    For reference…I got 7 dozen cookies from this recipe…(faces only). Didn’t see that listed anywhere, sorry if I missed it.

  36. #
    tery — November 21, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I took them out and had to press them down again then let them finish baking. How do you get the indentation to stay?

  37. #
    Karyn — December 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    These are Adorable!

  38. #
    Deborah — November 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I used white chocolate wafers for center
    Perfectly round for snowman face
    Did this with my peanut butter thumbprint cookies

  39. #
    Olivia — November 28, 2018 at 1:31 am

    How many cookies is made with one batch?

Leave a Comment