Snowman Cookies Inpired by a Platter
I love the holidays because all the stores put out cute little snowman things like this little platter. Sometimes I go shopping just to see if I can find cookie inspiration. Once I saw this platter, I knew I had to make a few snowman cookies. Can you blame me? Isn’t that platter adorable?
In fact, it was so adorable I bought two. I really wish I could remember where I got it. This little guy melts my heart every time I see him. He is one of the first winter decorations I drag out and one of the last I pack away. I decided this was the year to turn this inspiration into a few cute snowman cookies. If something makes you happy why not have a cookie version of it. Right?
I really like the way he turned out. He is so cute! I cut the dough 2 different ways to show you there is more than one way to build a snowman. The first thing I did was make a template so I could get the right size.
You don’t have to do this step but it is necessary for me. Sometimes my “go big or go home” attitude doesn’t work. In this case, I didn’t want to make an abominable snowman so I had to go with a template!
Update: This cutter form Karen’s cookies would work great for this little guy. I wish she had it when I made this tutorial. Well, the big guy is kinda cute but he doesn’t match my platter.
Supplies for Snowman Cookies:
Football cutter, Candy corn cutter, A medicine cup OR This Baby Cutter
White outline and flood icing
Dark brown outline icing
Light brown flood Icing
Orange outline icing
Blue outline and flood icing (or any color you want for the scarf)
Pink Petal Dust for the cheeks
Americolor Edible Marker
Small food safe paintbrush
Sugar Cookie Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe
I love using the Boo Boo Stick from Karen’s Cookies for the tiny white dots on the star cookie or you can use a toothpick.
Now that I have my template, I need to find cutters that will work.
I used a football for the head, a candy corn for the body and I didn’t have a small circle or oval that would work so I grabbed a medicine cup. I gave each of them a good squeeze to get them the shape I needed. When I cut the feet I dipped my cup in flour so the dough will come out easier. Please don’t give me the credit of dreaming this up. I found how to squeeze and squish cutters from the master, SweetSugarBelle. She is amazing at stretching cutters to make any cookie she wants.
When you make the feet be careful not to put them to close together. If they are too close they will not look good. If you prefer to hand cut here is how you do it. You can download the pattern from my freebie page.
Roll your dough out and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes to get it really cold. Place you image on it and cut around it with your knife. That is all you have to do! See you thought it would be hard. If you do multiple snowmen, you might have to place the dough back in the freezer. When it becomes warm it gets soft and your knife will tear it instead of cutting it.
No matter which method you use to cut out your snowman, you will end up with the same results in the end. Are you ready to create?
Using your white outline icing, outline the entire cookie.
Next, use your white flood icing to flood. Now comes the part I know you are going to hate!! WAIT!! Let him dry overnight. If you rush this part it might bleed. Remember the penguin’s nose?
Now with your dark brown and blue outline icing, outline the scarf and star. I used a small star cookie cutter and outlined it with an edible marker to make the star the size I want.
Now with your light brown icing you can flood the inside of the star. But be ready to work fast because we are going to do a wet on wet technique for the chocolate chips. Wet on wet is when you add icing to icing that is not dry yet. As soon as you flood the cookie with the light brown, use your dark brown outline icing to make dots for the chocolate chips.
I added about 6 dots with the dark brown.
Next, I squeezed a small amount of brown and white outline icing onto a piece of parchment paper.
Then, I dipped my Boo Boo Stick into the brown and gently touched the cookie. Repeat with the white to give it more depth.
Now, with your blue food icing you can flood the scarf except for the part shown above. Let the small end and the horizontal part dry about 30 minutes before you food the last end. It will give you more of a 3D look.
While the blue is wet, use the white outline icing to make lines on the scarf. Now wait a little while for it to dry.
Next, with the white outline icing, outline the arms, head and body.
Now, with the white flood icing, flood the arms.
Next, use the orange icing to make a dot for the nose.
For the cheeks, use a small paint brush to apply the Pink Petal Dust to the cheeks. You want to make sure your base icing is dry so you don’t poke a hole it with the brush. Just dip the brush in petal dust and rub it onto the snowman’s cheeks in a small circle until you reach the shade you want.
Now, using the blue flood icing, flood the other end of the scarf.
While it scarf end is wet use the white outline icing to add the stripes.
Add the eyes with a drop of black icing or you can use these eyes and you are all done!
If you live where you can go outside any time you want and build a snowman, I am super jealous! I want to live in Alaska but dear hubby won’t go for it. I think I am wearing him down. But for now, I will just have to settle expressing myself with sugar!
This is the most, I will say the Most cutest snowman I have seen!! I just love all you cookies. I am so glad you have a blog, I will be looking out for what is coming in next. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Opps, I forgot to tell you the template is not avaiable!
Thanks Lynn! I will add the template soon.
LOVE these guys! So cute and very creative!!
These are so amazing. Your step by step was awesome. I really don’t think most people realize how much goes into making these creations. I am more of a cupcake & fondant gal but I am getting my courage up to dabble more with royal icing and cookies…I just do not have the patience most days…or time but watching you do it is GREAT!
Oh my, he is darling. I wish I could see outside the box to make cutters I don’t have. I love the platter. Looks like a Target find possibly? The cookies are exact replicas. Awesome! !
Thank you so much for sharing! He is adorable! Can’t wait to see more! 🙂
Consider me a new reader. Love those cookies..Thanks to Glory for shouting you out! Helped me to find a new “cookie monster”.
These are ADORABLE… you are in a roll, Lisa! Fun fun fun! Love you!
OMG! I was just stalking your flickr page last night, wondering WHY i hadn’t seen all of your AMAZINGGGGG cookies before!! This is fabulous! Your work… is… stunning. Cant wait to see more!!
This is amazing…I was doing the cutter combinations the hard way…you show it so easy-peasy! Love it!
I’m so glad you started a blog and I’m blown away by how beautiful your cookies are. I’ve been following you on Flickr, but will now follow your blog too!
Christine (Western Australia)
What kind of icing/glaze do you use? Care to share the recipe?
I use Royal Icing and I will post the recipe tomorrow:)
Wonderful new site–and great tutorial on the adorable snowman!!
Holy Shamokes! Cutest cookies on the Planet! Absolutel love ’em.
…whoops, sorry! Meant “Absolutely” love ’em.
You’re amazing and that’s it!
Darling snowman cookie! I went to your freebie page to download a pattern for him and there wasn’t one there – just your January subway art. Could you email one to me?
He is in the freebies now:) Print him any size you want and have FUN!
Okay, this is one of my favorite snowmen cookie designs ever! Lisa, you truly are an artist! He is just SO cute!
Wow, he’s super cute. Thanks for the tutorial and template, I may just try him out.
These are fabulous!!!!! I LOVE how you break it all down step by step….I love decorating with Royal Icing….but I’m so new at it, so I soak up all the info I can get.
Thank you for sharing :0)
Your creative “vision” is amazing. I love how you’ve created a cookie from the plate design.
Me gusta mucho tu blog y decirte que eres una ARTISTA inventando galletas, gracias por el paso a paso.
Your cleverness astounds me. Your blog link now lives on the toolbar at the top of my homepage for easy access.
these are beautiful, really 🙂 can i use your 15 min icing for everything? pretty sure i can….thank you so much for sharing!
Yes you can use the 15 second icing for these. I use it for most cookies on my blog these days. LOL
Very fun cookie to decorate, not the normal snowman you see, this one is sitting, and so many ways to decorate to.
It’s fun to decorate Carrie you are going to love it! Send me a picture when you make it. I can’t wait to see it! 😉