Make the world’s best soft snickerdoodle cookies for the holidays. These are thick, soft, and decorated to be the cutest melted snowman cookies you’ve ever seen!
Is there anything better than soft and easy snickerdoodle cookies? Yes.
It’s when those snickerdoodles are transformed into melted snowman cookies to create the cutest AND yummiest cookie there ever was.
These soft snickerdoodle cookies have a nice crisp edge with a soft and amazingly cinnamon-y inside. They’ll quickly become your new favorite cookie and make an adorable gift to give for the holiday season.
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Tips for The Perfect Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies
Cream of Tartar is an absolute MUST! It helps the cookies rise as well as keeps them soft and delicious. Don’t skip this ingredient. I promise it’s worth making the trip to the store if you need to.
I also add cornstarch to most cookies because it helps keep them soft and chewy for days. Cornstarch is a cookies secret weapon to say soft and delectable forever.
Soften the butter. It needs to be a bit warmer than room temperature but not melted.
Microwave for 10 seconds at a time until the butter is squishy but not melty.
Before icing the snickerdoodles, make sure the cookies are completely cooled. This will help the frosting go on smooth without being too runny and dry faster.
These soft snickerdoodle cookies might look undercooked when the timer goes off.
However! As long as your oven temperature is correct, they are ready after 10 minutes. DO NOT overbake. The residual heat will continue to bake them for a bit longer.
Overbaking will result in a hard, burned, disappointment.
Prepping these melted snowman cookies ahead of time is super easy and makes your life so much easier the closer we get to Christmas.
Simply prep the dough, roll it into balls and through the cinnamon sugar and then fill these COMPOSTABLE plastic baggies with them. Freeze for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to bake, simply allow the dough to come to room temperature and bake as normal.
Please Note: after these cookies are baked and decorated they can be frozen for up to a month or two but the icing will be messy and sticky.
SO! I’d suggest not doing this unless you have no problem with a much less aesthetically pleasing melted snowman.
These snickerdoodles puff up as they bake. As they cool, they will deflate a bit. Sometimes this results in a little crater in the center of the cookie. DON’T DESPAIR!
A little crater actually creates the best melted snowman cookies. Less will run off the edges, the white color will be stronger, and how can you go wrong with a little pool of icing in the centers?
I recommend making the icing in batches.
Use 1/4 cup of powdered sugar at a time, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and 1-2 tsp of milk.
This prevents the icing from hardening too fast while you work, giving you a cleaner, more perfect look.
When you mix the icing you may feel like you need more milk. DON’T DO IT!
Keep whisking with a fork until every last speckle of powdered sugar has dissolved. (Use a silicone spatula to scrape the sides of your bowl if you need to).
You don’t want this icing to be very runny. All you need is 1-2 tsp of milk for each 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.
Also: only add one teaspoon at a time. You might not need the second one.
Materials for Melted Snowman Cookies
Of course to make these super cute melted snowman cookies, you need a bit more than just the perfect soft snickerdoodles.
Rolos make a super cute hat and caramel just tastes great with snickerdoodles.
Simply cut them in half and place them in the proper hat spot.
Eyeball sprinkles are not just for Halloween! They for every dessert your want to make adorable and sometimes weirdly anthropomorphic.
Typically, I always have a container of rainbow jimmies so that’s what I have linked for you. Pick out a few of the orange ones and you’re set to go.
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Melted Snowman Soft Snickerdoodles Cookies
- ¾ cup butter softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2¼ cups flour (330g)
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 5 tsp milk
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C and line 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking mats.
- With a hand mixer, cream together your butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes).
- Whisk in the vanilla and eggs. Mix until just combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet. Whisk again until a soft, thick dough forms.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely
Make the Icing
- Add the powdered sugar and milk in a bowl. Mix in the vanilla until smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle a circle over each cookie. (Remember it's fine if it drips a bit and isn't perfect, snowmen don't melt in perfect circles either).
- Before the icing dries, plop your 2 eyes on, add an orange sprinkle for the nose, and cut a rolo in half to use as a top hat.
- Allow the icing to dry and then enjoy (this is fastest by sticking the cookies in the fridge for a few minutes)! Store any extras in an airtight container.
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Snickerdoodles are like THE holiday cookie. So some people might think there’s no way to make them even better. But now here you come with these melted snowman cookies just to prove them wrong.
Amazing. (Just like these soft snickerdoodles)!
And of course, check out all of our other Christmas recipes as well to keep that sweet tooth satisfied!
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