cookie exchange… thumbprint snowmen.

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one of the things i love about the holidays are all the yummy sweets that we have lying around. every year one of my neighbors hosts this fun cookie exchange... the best part besides trying to be super creative while making a delicious cookie is that you get to take home an assortment of what everyone makes- hence the 'exchange,' i guess.

i'm more of a baker than an entree maker, so i enjoy digging through cookbooks and websites trying to find 'the cookie' that will graciously be entered among the other cookie exchange contenders. this year we got to vote on whose cookie was the most creative, festive and unique. knowing that a little competition was involved peeked my 6 year olds interest. everything to him is a competition.. the first one up the stairs, the first one to eat all the dinner, the first one all the time. this mama wasn't going to complain or try to teach a lesson about how sometimes we're not first, second or even third... i was just smitten to spend quality time with my first baby while the other 2 napped. after lots and lots of martha and pinterest searches, i stumbled upon 'the cookie.'

the sweet and yummy thumbprint snowmen!




they were pretty easy, yet time consuming. you make the cookies, then let cool. you then make the white face and wait about 3 hours to dry. once dry, you decorate the eyes, mouth and nose... and let dry for a couple of hours. so this cookie isn't something to make when you're in a hurry. they sure were yummy and well worth the wait! not to mention... we won 🙂 the first thing out of my sons mouth on sunday morning was 1) could he eat a cookie for breakfast and then 2) did our cookie win. he was pretty pumped all day.

here's how to make them...

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Let cookies dry completely, ENJOY!


To Store: Place filled cookies in a single layer in covered storage containers and store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.


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