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Thumbprint Snowman Cookie Recipe

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies are easy to make and decorate when you use Merckens White Candy Coatings!

They’re delicious and cute, and everything you could want in a Christmas cookie.  They’re not overly sweet and go wonderfully with coffee on Christmas morning (Santa will love them too!).

You don’t need to be a cookie decorating maven to decorate them, so they’re great for kids and cookie parties. 

What You’ll Need

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies. Easy to make for cookie exchanges.

Bake the Cookies

Use the recipe below to make the thumbprint cookie dough, there’s no chill time required, so you can bake the cookies right away! If you want to get ahead of the holidays, you can bake a batch of these cookies 3 weeks in advance and freeze them. Just store undecorated cookies in an airtight container in your freezer, and when you’re ready to serve them, let them come to room temperature before decorating.

Our Thumbprint Snowman Cookie Recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies when using a tablespoon of cookie dough for each cookie.  

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies. Quick and Easy Thumbprint Cookie Recipe for Christmas

Melt the Merckens White Candy Coatings

Once the cookies have cooled begin to decorate them.

In a disposable pastry bag, melt ½ pound of merckens white candy coatings in the microwave 20 seconds at a time, squishing the bag around in between intervals to distribute hot spots (Here’s how to melt Merckens Candy Coatings). 


Fill the Thumbprint Cookies

Snowman Thumbprint Cookies. Fun to make for cookie decorating parties and kids

Once the chocolate is melted, snip the tip of the bag and squeeze the white chocolate into the centers of the cookies, filling to the top.

When all of the cookies are filled with white chocolate, place them on a baking sheet and set aside to harden at room temperature for about  20 minutes or until the chocolate has set up and hardened. 

Draw Faces with an Edible Marker 

Snowman Thumbprint Cookies. Christmas cookie idea great for kids.

Using a black AmeriColor edible marker draw a face and eyes onto the white chocolate, clean the tip of the marker with a paper towel in between drawing to remove buildup that can form at the tip, making it hard to draw.

Make sure you only use an edible marker for this project, they’re filled with food coloring making them safe to use on baked goods -- regular craft markers are not food safe.

Pipe a Carrot Nose 

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies. Easy to decorate Christmas cookies with Merckens Candy Coatings

Melt 1/4 cup of Merckens Orange Candy Coatings in a disposable pastry bag 20 seconds at a time in the microwave. Snip the very tip of the pastry bag and pipe a carrot nose onto the center of the white chocolate. Let the orange noses set up at room temperature for about 10 minutes

You’ll love how cute and easy they are, and if you recruit the kids to help you’ll have your cookie decorating done in record time. Nothing beats feeling like an accomplished cookie hero during the holidays.


Thumbprint Snowman Cookies Recipe

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees  

  2. Using a hand mixer, or a stand mixer cream butter and sugars until blended. Add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.  

  3. Add flour and mix to combine. No need to refrigerate before using, you can start baking your cookies right away.  

  4. Roll about a tablespoon of dough using your hands and place it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and press your thumb into the cookie to create a well. 
  5. Bake 9-10 minutes or until lightly brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and transfer cookies to a cooling rack. If the centers have puffed back up lightly press them back down before they are cool.