These are one of my favorite cookies my mom makes for the holidays, and now I make them every year too. My favorite part of the snowmen are the little cinnamon red hot buttons. So cute and so delicious; a nice addition to any holiday cookie tray!
My mom found these in a Better Homes and Garden magazine in 1986 and has been making them ever since. This is a scan of my mom’s recipe; tattered and stained from so many years of use! The image above is full size, so if you save to your downloads you can view the original article.
We always make 36 snowmen, and use the dough left over to make chocolate chip crescents or chocolate chip snowballs (recipe below).
These always get rave reviews on cookie trays too, from kids and adults alike.
Festive Cookie DoughAdapted, slightly from Better Homes and Gardens, November 1986 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup of butter, softened 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened 2 cups of sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
In a medium bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
In a standing mixer or large mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until well mixed. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract; beat well. Slowly add flour to the creamed mixture in several additions, beating well after each addition. Transfer dough to a glass bowl, cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator.
Little Snow Peoplemakes 36, with remaining dough for other cookie options If you aren’t fond of the red cinnamon candies you can use mini candy coated chocolate pieces. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips red cinnamon candies butter cream or stiff icing for decorating, dyed green and orange milk chocolate kisses, halved chocolate covered peanut butter cups, halved
Remove dough from refrigerator. Roll 36 1-inch balls, 36 3/4-inch balls, and 36 1/2-inch balls. If the dough is a little hard to handle from being in the fridge, let it rest for 20 minutes to warm up a little. Assemble snow people on ungreased cookie sheets, arranging the three different size balls in order from largest to smallest, with the sides touching. Space at least 1-inch apart, as these do spread a little. Decorate cookies with two mini chips on the small balls for eyes, one red hot on the middle ball, and two red hots on the large ball for buttons. Bake in 325-degree oven for 18 minutes, or until the edges are firm and the bottoms are light golden brown. Cool one minute on sheets and then remove to wire rack to fully cool.
Put green and orange icing in a decorating bag with a small circle tip; I used a Wilton No.3 tip. for both the green and orange frosting. You won’t need a lot of orange frosting for the noses. Decorate snow people with icing, making belts and scarves, and attach hats with a nice amount of green frosting on the kisses and peanut butter cups so the hats stay secure. Pipe on carrot noses. Let frosting on cookies dry, before packing into an airtight container. We freeze them in our house, so I’m not certain how long they last unfrozen.
Chocolate Chip SnowballsUse leftover dough remaining after 36 snow people cookies are made 1/3 to 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar To the remaining dough, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips, and mix to evenly distribute. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are just lightly brown. Cool on sheets for one minute, then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Toss with powdered sugar. Store in airtight container; we freeze these as well.