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Powdered Sugar Snowmen Cookies – Fun for Everyone!

Powdered Sugar Snowmen Cookies – Fun for Everyone!

I always look forward to this time of year. I pore over recipes, make my selections, and then check my baking supplies before I make a major shopping trip to the baking aisle. Next I put on my apron, soften lots of butter and pull out all my special cookie-making gadgets and cookie-decorating goodies. Yes, you know what time I’m talking about – cookie-baking time!


This year, my grandson Clark is 3 years old, so I wanted to make some cookies that he would love to eat and would find to be fun, too. These adorable Powdered Sugar Snowmen Cookies are just the ticket. Not only do they taste buttery and delicious, they also are like build-your-own-snowman puzzles. Each snowman is made by stacking three different sized cookies and adding decorations. So, if it’s too cold to play outside and build a real snowman, just bake up a batch of these jolly, happy souls.


Making the cookie dough is a breeze, as there are only six simple ingredients: sugar, butter, egg, flour, baking powder and salt. Once the dough is made, the trick is to shape the dough into balls of three different sizes. Make 10 balls that are 1 1/4-inch wide (I used about 2 tablespoons of dough for each ball). Then make 10 more balls that are 1-inch wide (about 1 tablespoon of dough) and 10 more balls that are ¾-inch in width (about 1 teaspoon of dough). It’s important to have 10 balls of each size so you can make 10 snowmen.

Measuring Size of Dough Balls

A tip to ensure even baking is to use three ungreased cookie sheets. Put all the large balls of dough on one sheet, place all the medium size balls of dough on the second, and place all the small balls of dough on the third. Now bake each sheet, one at a time, until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.

Three Baked Cookies

Let the cookies cool, and then dust them with snow (oops, I guess I mean powdered sugar).

Powdered Cookies

It’s time to start building your snowmen. Black sugar pearls become the eyes made out of coal and the buttons. I just pressed the black sugar pearls right into the soft cookies.

Assembling Snowmen Cookies

For the carrot nose, I made a very small hole with a toothpick and stuck an orange jimmie into it.

Assembling Snowmen Cookies

To make a top hat, just cut a small gum drop in half. Sprinkle some sugar on a hard surface. Place the bottom half of the gum drop on the sugared surface and smash it with a metal measuring cup or the bottom of a drinking glass. You will need to use some muscle, but will end up with a flat disk.

Making Snowmen Gum Drop Hats

Place the top half of the gum drop on the flattened gum drop disk, and you’ll have a top hat.

Assembling Snowmen Hat

Place the hat on the snowman’s head to complete your cookie snowman. If you’d like, a fruit-flavored snack roll-up can be cut into a colorful scarf.

Decorated Powdered Snowman

I let Clark help build his own snowman cookie. He had a blast, but his snowman began to melt very quickly (heehee, I mean he gobbled up his snowman in minutes).


These snowmen would be adorable as favors at each guest’s spot around the dinner table, or as fun puzzles packed in plastic food bags for the kids to put together. Or, imagine how cute your centerpiece would be made up of these jolly, happy souls!

Three Powdered Snowmen



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Very Very cute !!! While reading your directions I smiled when I came across the word "jimmies". I grew up in central New Jersey and we always called the chocolate sprinkles jimmies. I did not know the difference until I moved to Colorado, went to a DQ for the first time and asked for jimmies. T hey had no idea what I was talking about. That was in 1974 and I forgot all about it until I read you post. Thank you for the memory and the directions for these uber cute snow persons. BDD PS I love Land O'Lakes butter, a must in my house and I would not bake with anything else.

Posted January 24, 2016 by Betsy
Test Kitchen Comment
From: mallory
Thank you for the kind comments, Betsy!
Posted January 28, 2016

How do you stack the cookies so they don't fall off?

Posted January 06, 2016 by Rita
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From: mallory
Hi Rita, the cookies are sturdy enough that they will stack on one another without falling over. Hope this helps!
Posted January 08, 2016

Made these cookies for my daughter's Christmas Holiday celebration at school. They were a big hit!

Posted December 19, 2015 by Rolanda

Do you do something to hold the cookies together so they don't fall apart when stacked?

Posted December 15, 2015 by Jackie
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From: mallory
Hi Jackie - these cookies are sturdy enough that they don't crush each other when stacking.
Posted December 16, 2015

Although we haven't made these yet, my son, the aspiring baker, suggested that we put a little bit of icing in between each cookie to hold them together. Any thoughts on that?

Posted December 13, 2015 by hellen smalter
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From: mallory
Hi Hellen, you could most certainly try that! Happy baking!
Posted December 16, 2015

These are the most adorable cookies. although my grandson is now 16 he loves to help me bake and eat cookies. Sugar cookies are his absolute favorite and I'm thinking that these will be well-received. I can't wait to make these.

Posted December 11, 2015 by Margery

You could probably use a drop of icing to make them "stick"

Posted December 11, 2015 by Valerie

Hi cute...made something like this way back in the 80;s when the kids were small. I used a plastic straw to hold it together...cute the straws to fit the height and start stacking....So much fun and harmless for kids to eat...

Posted December 07, 2015 by Bev

Becky, these are so cute!!! I love them...have to make them this year!

Posted December 03, 2015 by JulieD

These are just darling. As a mom of 4, I think these would be a big hit in our children's classrooms! I do have one question; how do you stick each 'ball' to the next or do they not stick together? Thank you for sharing!!!!

Posted December 02, 2015 by angela eddins
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From: mallory
Hi Angela - the cookies don't stick together necessarily - you just stack them on top of each other. A great activity for the kids! Enjoy!
Posted December 03, 2015