Thumbprint Snowman Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
Sugar Cookie:
  • 1½ Sticks butter
  • ⅔ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1¾ Cups Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • Sugar crystals or sprinkles for coating
  • Orange and Black decorator gel or food coloring
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Milk
  • ¼ Teaspoon Vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy.
  3. Fold in flour, baking powder and salt until a soft dough forms.
  4. Roll dough into 1-2 inch balls and coat with sugar crystals.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and press down in the middle creating a "thumbprint".
  6. Lightly pinch two together to create the snowman body. (Refer to photo)
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. NOTE* I always check my thumbprint cookies halfway through their baking time. Sometimes they need to be pressed down in the middle again.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  10. Mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a small dish until smooth.
  11. Icing should be thin enough to pour, but not runny. You may need to add a touch of milk or powdered sugar to get it just right.
  12. Fill each thumbprint and give a gentle shake to level out the icing.
  13. Let set until firm, you can refrigerate for about 10 minutes to speed this process.
  14. Use decorator gel to create a nose and mouth!
Recipe by The Shirley Journey at