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Build-a-Snowman Cookies in a Jar

These are actually a repeat of cookies I made last year.
But they’re some of my favorites, and they didn’t really get much exposure last year (due to my extreme lack of blogging experience :), so I thought a repeat would be fun to do!

We’re quite snow-less here in VA, so I attached this poem to the jar:

I’m a total royal-icing hater, but these cookies are just so cute that it’s totally worth it.
This year I used a little more royal icing than last year– piping on the eyes, the smile, the carrot nose, and the bow ties. But if you’d rather do minimal coloring and piping, check out 2011’s version— they use more sprinkles and a food coloring writer.
And check out this ridiculously simple tip for keeping your frosting bag clean!
(even through switching colors!)

Build-A-Snowman Cookies
  • 1 recipe Sugar Cookies, cut out in circles (Use this recipe, omitting the sprinkles)
  • 1 recipe Royal Icing (recipe follows)
  • Food coloring in Super Black, orange, and any color for the bow tie/scarf
  • Sprinkles for buttons (and for other features if you have sprinkles that work!)
  • Food Writer (optional for the mouth– see last year’s version)
  1. Frost sugar cookies by piping a circle outline of thick frosting on each cookie. Spoon in and spread the thinned frosting on each cookie within the outline.
  2. Let dry for about 10 minutes. Add snow man features with either frosting or sprinkles (1/3 heads, 1/3 bodies, 1/3 bottoms — no features!)
  3. Cookies need to dry overnight before you can put them in the jars.

Royal Icing 
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Meringue Powder
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2-3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a stand mixer, whisk the meringue powder and water on medium speed until foamy.
  2. Whisk in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until stiff peaks form.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Use the thick royal icing to pipe on outlines and other details. Add more water (1 tbsp at a time) to the icing to create a thin icing for filling in the outlines.
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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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27 Responses to “Build-a-Snowman Cookies in a Jar”

  1. Hayley posted on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 am (#)

    What a cute and fun idea!

  2. Winnie posted on January 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm (#)

    Very very cute and adorable
    I love your creativity

  3. Heather McMullin posted on January 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm (#)

    Adorable! I would love for you to link this recipe up to my Famous Linkz Party!

    Heather aka Made Famous By

  4. Jocelyn posted on January 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm (#)

    These are so cute!!! My kids would love building these snowmen!!!

  5. Anita Stafford posted on January 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm (#)

    These are adorable! You are so creative!

  6. Angi posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm (#)

    So totally adorable! I am doing this with my nieces this weekend! LOVE IT!

  7. Sarah posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm (#)

    I always go straight to your posts from link parties – your pictures and creations are so CUTE! LOVE these…if only we had snow here in the Midwest to build some of our own!

  8. Sugar Bea posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm (#)

    Those are SO cute!! Gol, you seriously do EVERYTHING. I never cease to be impressed

  9. Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment posted on January 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm (#)

    Sooooo creative and cute. I want to make these now! I live in Georgia and my son keeps telling me he wants to build a snowman. This might be his only chance :)

  10. MrsFoxsSweets posted on January 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm (#)

    This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

  11. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm (#)

    Such a cute idea! Love it. Pinning!

  12. Mamie posted on January 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm (#)

    This is a cute idea! I love it.

  13. Trish - Sweetology101 posted on January 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm (#)

    aaawwwww….this is cute. He can come live w/ me in Minnesota where it is nearly 20 below zero today. YIKES

  14. posted on January 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm (#)

    I love this idea! So cute. And I really like the poem to go with it. We just finally got our snow here in Idaho yesterday (and then it rained and melted it all today…so I guess I better make these so it feels like winter)

  15. AndiWinslow posted on January 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm (#)

    these are so cute, I don’t care for royal icing either. But they look so cute and I love cookies I’d eat one………Great job andi

  16. Debbie posted on January 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm (#)

    How clever this is! I love the idea of mix and matching cookies to make a design like your snowman! Very creative and they look fantastic!! :)

  17. Lynnie posted on January 20, 2012 at 3:33 am (#)

    Oh great! I thought I had given up sugar cookies until next Christmas, but these I just have to make! Thanks a lot! ;)

  18. Quinn posted on January 21, 2012 at 12:18 am (#)

    So cool, my kids would love these!!

  19. Partycraft Secrets posted on January 21, 2012 at 1:37 am (#)

    Brilliant – I did the melting snowmen that were all over pinterest this year – but these are too much fun – love it!

  20. Tanya@takesix posted on January 21, 2012 at 9:05 am (#)

    So very cute!!! I love making cookies. I made some different snowmen this week…come see them! ;0)

  21. The NY Melrose Family posted on January 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm (#)

    Absolutely adorable! I love the saying that goes along with it. This is a great neighbor gift idea for next year. Love it! I’m your newest follower.

  22. Cindy posted on January 23, 2012 at 1:16 am (#)

    What a fun idea, love it.

  23. Bridget@Flour N Friends posted on January 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm (#)

    What a cute idea! This would be great for the kids I work with! Although then they’d get eaten up real fast, they are big iced sugar cookie fans!!

  24. Six Sisters posted on January 25, 2012 at 12:37 am (#)

    Very cute!! Love anything that has to do with snowmen!! We are so glad that you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We hope you will come back next Saturday and share another recipe! -The Sisters

  25. Lady Behind The Curtain posted on January 25, 2012 at 3:09 am (#)

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your recipe was one of the top 5 most viewed at CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY last week. Please come over, grab a button and party with us!

  26. Lindsi B posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm (#)

    Found you on Skip to My Lou. Could you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?


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