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3D Snowman Scene Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Dec 10, 2012


My last post showed how to re-purpose a cookie cutter for a design the cutter wasn’t intended for. I know many people have been doing this for years, but reusing a cutter is always a challenge for me. I usually end up hand-cutting the dough for an idea I come up with. I struggle with thinking outside of the box cutter.

However, after finishing those Frosty cookies, I felt inspired and thought maybe I should continue this challenge of cutter creativity. After eyeing over my cookie cutter collection (it’s a tiny collection), I came up with a creative way to use and reuse a snowman shape, AND it involved no extra trimming or altering the shapes.

3D Snowman Cookies

I cut out a few snowmen shapes using this cutter. This just happened to be the particular one I had on hand, but any snowman shape with a hat would work.

snowman cookie cutouts

I decorated one as a typical snowman with a top hat. I turned one shape upside-down and decorated it as a Santa’s elf on a stool, and I left a 3rd piece blank for the base.

For designing the elf piece, I first traced the snowman cutter shape on paper. Then, I sketched an elf on the inside of that shape, trying to use most of the inside area, with a red prismacolor pencil. (This pencil is great for sketching because the lead is soft and it erases easily and cleanly when you need rework an area.) After I’m happy with the sketch, I go over it with a extra-fine point Sharpie pen. This was my guide for icing.

elf cookie drawing

After I finished icing the elf and snowman cookies, I let them set overnight before starting the construction. I attached the snowman to the base cookie using really stiff royal icing.

snowman cookie construction

Using what I had lying around (in this case I used a cookie cooling rack, a bowl, and a cook book) I gently pinned the snowmen in place while the base icing hardened. You can see from the photo I made more than one snowman scene. I always make extra just in case disaster strikes during construction and a cookie breaks. Nothing did break on me this time, but better safe than sorry.

Once the snowman was securely attached to the base (dry time was around two hours), I attached the elf piece using more stiff royal icing. I piped a tiny bead of icing where the two pieces touched for added stability. I let this dry with the back of the elf cookie resting against a cooling rack for support.

Lastly, after the elf and snowman were on the base securely, I outlined and flooded the base area with white icing.

3d snowman cookies

Now, looking back over the finished cookie, I think it would have been better if I flooded the base with gray icing. That way it would look like the snowman’s shadow on the ground. I’ll remember that for next time.


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30 replies on “3D Snowman Scene Cookies

  1. Ok, I could have sworn that I commented on these this morning – I believe I have lost my head :) These are totally fabulous, Mike! The dimension that you achieved with the shading is just wonderful. I’m also envious of your sketching skills – my sketches look like the musings of a 5 year old :)

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! So weird, I randomly checked my spam log and found your comments placed there. I’m not sure why my site was doing that, but it has been having tech problems lately.

      1. Grrr! I’ve caught real messages in my spam filter before – so frustrating. Thanks for reminding me to check my spam folder! :)

  2. i’m dying over how cute this is!! i absolutely love that you did all 3 with the same cutter.
    brilliant and gorgeous, as usual!

    1. Thanks so much, Carrie!!

  3. Wow! Amazing, for so many reasons! I love your cookie art!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Your cookies are amazing ,,,,just waint to see what are you goint to do next …..
    I have a question ,,,where do you buy the squeze bottles with the tip

    1. Thanks!! You can find those squeeze bottles with a tip coupler at Karen’s Cookies dot net.

      1. Thanks for that info – just curious about those bottles –
        how large are the openings? Are they easy to fill with both outline
        and flood icing? I make a mess with my wide mouth bottles. Do you
        have a special trick?

        1. Hi Dawn, the opening for the bottles are small… like about an inch in diameter. The icing is pretty easy to get in them. For Piping icing, just squeeze the bottle before you put scoop on the icing, then unsqueeze. The suction pulls the icing in. For flood icing, I mix my icing in a plastic measuring cup. It has a small pouring spout that makes pouring the icing in the bottles a cinch.

  6. Did you use an airbrush to get the shadow effect on the snowman? If not, how did you do it?

    1. Hi Kimberly. The shadow effect was just wet-on-wet icing. I piped gray icing first then quickly added the white to get a smooth surface when it dried.

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