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Snowman Cookies

Wrap these chocolate-topped snowmen in colored tissue and place them inside holiday containers. Like real snowmen, they disappear fast! —Betty Tabb, Mifflintown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips, and green and red M&M's minis
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons 2% milk
  • Red and/or green food coloring
  • Miniature milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped


  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into forty-eight 1-in. balls, forty-eight 3/4-in. balls and forty-eight 1/2-in. balls. On ungreased baking sheets, place one ball of each size, side by side, for each snowman.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven; cool on pans 2 minutes. Press on chocolate chips for eyes and M&M's for buttons. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to reach a piping consistency. If two colors of frosting are desired, transfer half of the frosting to another bowl and tint each with a different food coloring.
  • Cut a small hole in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; fill with frosting. Pipe scarves on snowmen. Use frosting to attach chocolate kisses for hats.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Replace the Hershey's Kiss hat with a fun-sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or OREO Cookie.
  • No time to pipe icing? Shoestring licorice or thinly sliced Fruit Roll-Ups also work well as a scarf.
  • Check out more adorable snowman-themed recipes here.
  • Learn more about baking cookies with our ultimate guide.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 139 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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    • PghMomof2
      Oct 27, 2020

      These cookies are so cute, and I was eager to make these. But the flavor was not as great as the appearance. If I were to make them again I would probably use a basic sugar cookie recipe to get the cute look but have a more desirable flavor.

    • Marissa
      Dec 13, 2019

      @fallharvest The only way these cookies would taste bad is if you made them wrong. These are a holiday staple in my house and so so good!!

    • kafe2
      Dec 11, 2017

      No comment left

    • fallharvest
      Dec 25, 2015

      Didn't like this recipe at all. didn't have good taste. They spread out and I had fat snowmen, Will not make agan

    • rochellesdsss
      Nov 30, 2015

      Love this*

    • chsmith
      Dec 19, 2014

      Made these exactly by the recipe for a cookie swap and they turned out great! They are really cute and taste good too.

    • katiebabe1737
      Dec 16, 2013

      Where can I find miniature kisses?Kate C.

    • alicat387
      Dec 16, 2013

      Great for little kids! Delicious.

    • nanepan
      Dec 11, 2013

      The cookie is OK -- doesn't spread out at all. So we ended up with 3 balls barely stuck together. They broke apart. Followed the recipe to a "t". Won't be making again.

    • rmkitner
      Dec 13, 2012

      No comment left