Snowman Cookies Recipe

Beautiful snowman cookies for cookie trays! Black and orange candy melts can replace dark and white chocolate for these sugar cookie snowmen.

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened – 4 ounces full fat cream cheese, softened – 3/4 cup white sugar – 1/4 cup loosely packed light brown sugar – 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract – 1/4 teaspoon almond extract – 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour – 3/4 teaspoon salt – 1/2 teaspoon baking powder – 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg – 1/3 cup granulated or sanding sugar, for rolling – 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chip – 2 tablespoons white chocolate chip – 1/8 teaspoon orange gel food coloring, or as needed – 1 teaspoon assorted holiday sprinkles, or as needed – 1 pull-apart licorice stick, such as Twizzler



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In a large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, white sugar, and brown sugar for 3–4 minutes. Whisk yolk, vanilla, and almond extract 3 minutes. Lightly mix flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg.


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Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Parchment a baking sheet. Pour 1/3 cup sugar into a bowl.


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Grab refrigerated dough. Take 2 tablespoons of dough and make balls. Making a dough ball with 1 tablespoon. Avoid flattening the larger and smaller balls as you press them together until they stick.


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Roll the snowman slowly in sugar. Place snowmen 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Make all snowmen using remaining dough. Frost snowmen for 30 minutes.


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Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake snowmen 17–20 minutes in preheated oven until firm and slightly cracked. Allow cookies to cool on the pan before removing.


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Dark chocolate chips melt in 30-second increments at 50% power in a microwave-safe bowl. Adding melted chocolate to a small piping bag hole. 


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Pipe chocolate eyes and mouths for snowmen. Sprinkle Christmas sprinkles over the snowmen's abdomen after piping three dots.


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Melt white chocolate at 50% for 30 seconds in a microwave-safe bowl. Put orange gel coloring. Pipe mixture into small-holed piping bag. Pipe noses on all snowmen.


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Licorice sticks can be split into strands. Make a scarf for each snowman by wrapping a licorice strand over their neck. 


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Twist the strand once, then press it tightly to slightly adhere (it may not stay adhered, but you can keep pressing it together). Keep snowmen airtight.


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