Do you know how to make the most perfect Starbucks snowman cookie recipe? I will teach you the best recipe with just 10 minutes of cooking time!
Starbucks’ Christmas special snowman cookie is an ultimate holiday favorite, covered in white chocolate and peppermint icing and made from a buttery shortbread dough.
Most of us are swept away by a variety of specialties during the holiday season, and Starbucks is at the forefront of this every year, with plenty of Christmas cookies and fluffy drinks. This copycat recipe will get you in the holiday spirit, and it’s also a lot of fun to make these cookies with your kids.
This decadent treat is made with buttery shortbread dough and topped with icy white chocolate and peppermint frosting. Icing is used to create a magical winter snowman.
You’ll also need a snowman cookie cutter, but you can cut them into any shape you want.
All you need for a basic shortbread cookie is butter, flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, white chocolate, an egg, and a pinch of salt. Vanilla and peppermint extract, pasteurized egg whites, and confectioners’ sugar are needed for the icing.
These fancy snowmen take less than an hour to make and will surely become a staple in your Christmas recipes. First, you have to bake a white chocolate buttery shortbread.
It’s preferable to roll the dough before chilling it because it will be more prone to breakage, and harder to roll once it’s cooled down.
After that, you will cut the snowmen with a cookie cutter. Create a royal icing with peppermint and vanilla extract, and mix some of that icing with food coloring. Decorate your Starbucks snowman cookies and let them chill for 1-2 hours.
After that, all you have to do is enjoy those delicious shortbread cookies, and share them with others (only if you want to)!
Starbucks Snowman Cookie Recipe
- ½ cups All-purpose flour (2 times)
- 5 ounce White chocolate
- 1 cup Butter, room temperature
- 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
- ½ cup Powdered sugar
- ½ tbsp Baking powder
- A pinch of fine salt
- 1 Large egg
For the Icing:
- 3 ounces Pasteurized egg whites
- ½ tbsp Peppermint extract
- ½ tbsp Vanilla extract
- 4 cups Confectioner sugar
- Gel food coloring (orange for the nose, black for eyes, smile, buttons, hat, and any color for a nice scarf)
- To make the buttery shortbread cookies, melt the white chocolate in a bowl either in the microwave or above steam on the stove, whichever is handier for you. Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt with the white chocolate.
- Separately, in a mixer, beat the butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes on medium. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar and gently mix them together. Gently form a dough from the ingredients.
- If you have enough space, roll out the dough to ½ inch thick and refrigerate it this way for an hour to chill. If you don’t have much space, cover the dough ball in plastic and chill it for an hour, and after that, roll it out to the above-mentioned ½ inch thickness. Cut the cookies with a snowman cookie cutter, or any other shape you wish to make.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If there is too much dough to bake in one go, just keep the rest of it in the fridge until you bake them.
- Bake them for 10 minutes, and let them cool off completely before decorating. Until your fancy cookies cool off, it’s time to make the royal icing.
- Beat the egg whites in a mixer with the peppermint and vanilla extract until they start to become fluffy. Start by gradually mixing in the sugar at a low speed until the icing is smooth and shiny.
- Separate the icing and mix it with the food coloring. Start by lining the body of the snowman with plain white and letting it set. Follow it with the black parts, and draw a hat, eyes, buttons, and a smile for the snowman. Leave the orange and the colorful scarf for last, because they need the least amount of icing.
- Let the cookies properly cool down, not to mess up the decorating.
Buttery shortbread cookies are very popular and widely used, not just for this particular recipe. They can be made with a variety of flavors, including lemon, lime, chocolate, lavender, orange, and many others. They are usually embellished and not served plain. Sprinkles, sugar, royal icing, frosting, chocolate, or candied fruits can be added to the top.
Can I store the dough for later?
This buttery shortbread will keep in the fridge for 3 days if tightly wrapped in plastic. If you want to keep them for a longer period of time, place the dough in the freezer, wrapped in an airtight container. They can be frozen for up to a month.
Decorating the cookies with royal icing can be challenging, especially on the first attempt. You can bake an extra 4–5 cookies to practice on if you want to avoid nervous fiddling. Begin with small steps, be patient, and keep your expectations moderate at first. You’ll get the hang of it quickly.
There are some shortcuts to make the cooking process go more smoothly, such as using a silicone baking sheet to roll and cut the dough because it does not stick. It’s also a good idea to chill the cookie after it’s been cut but before baking it so it keeps its shape.
If you are terrible at decorating with royal icing, just cover the snowmen with with icing as best as you can, and do a basic eyes and smile. The scarf and nose are the hardest. You can elevate it with some winter or Christmasy sprinkles to make up for the bad handcrafting.
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