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Easy Snowman Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Snowman sugar cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie recipe for kids to join in and help decorate and make. A snowman dessert that is adorable and sweet as can be to nibble on. Whip these snowman cookies up for a Christmas party, school party, movie night, etc.

So for this recipe I used pre-made sugar cookie dough. Normally I love making homemade sugar cookies, but when I am short on time I cut the corners. Serve up these cookies with some Grinch white hot chocolate.

sugar cookies that look like snowman on white counter
  • An easy Christmas cookie
  • Can make with pre-made sugar cookie dough or do homemade
  • Swap out the sugar cookie with any other flavor of cookie
  • Fun for kids to decorate
  • No piping skills needed
  • A fun winter cookie recipe
ingredients to make snowman cookies

Ingredients For Cookies

Here are ingredients needed and options for changing up ingredients needed for this snowman Christmas cookie recipe idea.

Sugar Cookie Dough – So I used sugar cookie dough, but you can use chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, etc. Feel free to do homemade or cut a corner and use pre-packed dough or buy plain cookies that are ready to frost.

Frosting – I used a vanilla frosting from the store, it was quick and easy, and spreads nice.

Licorice – You will want to buy black rope licorice like the pull and peel style.

Life Savers – Gummy Life Savers are what I used for the earmuffs for my snowman.

Carrot Sprinkles – I used carrot shaped sprinkles. BUT you can also cut some of a Starburst and shape into a carrot or even use an orange Tic Tac.

Edible Eyes – You can find edible eyes in the baking aisle next to the sprinkles and frostings.

Mini Chocolate Chips – For the smile I did mini chocolate chips I placed upside down on the frosting. You could also use a black sprinkle in replace.

How to Make

Full directions for these easy snowman cookies are below, in the printable recipe card.

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Step One: Bake up your cookies and let them cool completely. Round shaped cookies are best.

Step Two: Then you will take some frosting and spread a layer over the whole cookie.

decorating sugar cookies

Step Three: Next you will cut 3-4 inch pieces of the licorice and place around the top part to act like ear muffs. Stick the life savers on the edges of the licorice.

Step Four: Then add on your candy eyes, nose, and then 5-6 mini chocolate chips to create a smiley face on the snowman.

This is a wonderful baking cookies with kids, as they can place the dough on the baking sheet. You handle the oven and then they can decorate their snowman how they want!

Storing Cookies

Go right ahead and make these a day in advance of when you want to serve them up. Just store in an airtight container. If you are going to stack the cookies, place wax paper in between the layers to prevent sticking.

In terms of freezing these cute Christmas cookies, you can. Place in a single layer and freeze for 3-4 months. Thaw on the counter or in the fridge if you would like.

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Tips For This Holiday Cookie Recipe

If you use homemade frosting, just keep in mind if buttercream or a cream cheese then refrigerate the cookies so the frosting doesn’t spoil.

You can make as many or as few of the cookies as you would like.

Place the mini chocolate chips upside down so the tip goes into the frosting. This will give you a cleaner smile for the snowman.

Have fun and decorate these cute Christmas cookies with fun sprinkles, pipe on a scarf, etc. A Christmas cookie for kids that offers endless decorating options.

Related Recipe

Here are a few more fun Christmas recipes to pair with these winter sugar cookies!

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Snowman Sugar Cookies Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Snowman sugar cookies are a quick and easy snowman cookie. Baking cookies with kids is so fun and this recipe is perfect for kids to help decorate Christmas cookies! So easy and no piping skills needed.


  • 1 package sugar cookie dough or pre-made cookies
  • 1 container white frosting
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 package gummy lifesavers
  • edible candy eyes
  • carrot sprinkles (or cut starburst or use orange tic tac)
  • Black rope licorice


  1. Start by baking the cookies as directed on the package. Or buy pre-made sugar cookies or make homemade cookies. Let cookies cool completely.
  2. Now spread on a layer of white frosting all over the cookie.
  3. Cut 3-4 inch pieces of the black rope licorice and press on the top half of the cookie.
  4. Then put a lifesaver gummy on each side for the earmuffs.
  5. Now add on your candy eyes, and the candy carrot nose.
  6. Then for the mouth place your mini chocolate chips upside down to create a smile. I used 5-6 chips for each smile.
  7. Then serve up these cute snowman sugar cookies!


Carrot Nose - You can take orange Starburst and cut them and shape to look like a carrot. Or do an orange Tic Tac for the nose. Just know if you are serving to little kids they could choke on a tic tac, so only do if giving to older kids.

Cookies - Make homemade cookies, buy raw dough to bake, or pre-made. Any works.

Frosting - If you don't want store bought make a homemade frosting!

Storing Leftovers - Store your cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days. You will want to store single layers, or place wax paper in between each layer.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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