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Snowman Christmas Cookies

Get the kids in on the action when you make these cheesecakey cookies—just roll away. The snowmen look adorable on a cookie tray. —Cathy Medley, Clyde, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 50 pretzel sticks
  • Decorating icing of your choice
  • Orange gumdrops


  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and 2 cups sugar until blended. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes or until firm enough to shape.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Place remaining sugar in a shallow bowl. For each cookie, shape dough to make one 1-in. ball, one 3/4-in. ball and one 1/2-in. ball; press together to form a snowman. Gently coat with sugar. Repeat with remaining dough. Place snowmen 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Break pretzel sticks in half; press into snowmen for arms. Bake 15-18 minutes or until bottoms are light brown.
  • Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Pipe icing on snowmen to form scarves, eyes, buttons and mouths. Use icing to attach gumdrops for noses.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie (calculated without decorations): 119 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • jmeyers
    Nov 9, 2011

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  • sstetzel
    Dec 19, 2010

    They may have used edible glitter in the picture instead of traditional colored sugar you can buy in the store. That would make it shine more. Of course - the special lighting they use for photography probably helps too. ;)

  • cinlyn
    Dec 19, 2010

    These are adorable cookies, BUT the recipe says it makes 4 doz. I could only get 2 doz. out of it even after adjusting the size of the dough balls, making them much smaller. They are very time consuming and really don't taste as good as I thought they would after baking. Sugar doesn't shine like in the picture either, so I thought they could use some icing over the whole snowman, making it even more time consuming.