Thumbprint Snowman Cookies
Double Thumbprint Snowman Cookies- because 2 cookies are always better than one. GUEST POST by Munchkin Munchies
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.
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.
Fill each center with the icing, let it dry and then comes the fun part, simple decorations to turn them into snowmen.
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.
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! 🙂
Thumbprint Snowman 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
- 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!
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:
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50 Comments on “Thumbprint Snowman Cookies”
How many cookies does this recipe yield? I’m looking at the heads only option. Thanks!
The best and so cute!!!!!
Omg, how cute are these! I’m obsessed!
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How many cookies is made with one batch?
I used white chocolate wafers for center
Perfectly round for snowman face
Did this with my peanut butter thumbprint cookies
These are Adorable!
I took them out and had to press them down again then let them finish baking. How do you get the indentation to stay?
For reference…I got 7 dozen cookies from this recipe…(faces only). Didn’t see that listed anywhere, sorry if I missed it.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
These are so cute! I am going to make these for sure but what is royal icing?
These are so fun! Perfect for cookie exchange.
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.
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!
These look adorable!!
Are you able to make the cookie dough in advance and store it until ready to bake?? And how long for?
Oh my!! So darling! Thank you.
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!
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.
Hi Betty- this recipe was a guest post from Sue of https://www.munchkinmunchies.com/ She may be better able to answer your questions. Thanks for stopping by!
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.
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.
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?
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?
I can not get over how cute their little faces are!
Sue makes the cutest cookies! These snowmen are just another example of that fact. 🙂
I love these! Sue is amazing and always comes up with the cutest cookies!
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! 🙂
Those are just the cutest cookies ever! Pinned!
i love these!! Sue always has the best ideas!
How precious! I will have to try these! Thank you!
Sue! Cute and easy is your forte!! I love these cutie pies and can imagine they’d be great to do with kids! <3
Omg, how cute are these! I’m obsessed!
~agree with Liddy…I can’t find the recipe for the thumbprint cookie.
All fixed now- there was a glitch in the recipe box that prevented it from showing up. Thanks for stopping by!
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.
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.
These are TOO cute, Katrina! Love these Christmassy little treats.
Festive cookies are the best, aren’t they?!
Hahaaaha! I approve of your enthusiasm 🙂
dag done dun it again Sue! everything and i mean EVERYTHING you make is above the cuteness factor! 🙂
I agree- everything Sue makes is so SO cute! She makes me happy!
Thanks again for having me, Katrina! It’s always fun:)
Oh my these are too cute and so clever. I’m in love! Pinning!
Thanks Kim! I’m kind of smitten with these little snowmen too 🙂
Aww these are so cute Katrina!! I love their little smiles 🙂
Smiling food is the best food 😀