Winter Wonderland Snowman Shortbreads from Gay Lea

A big part of our Christmas tradition every year is eating shortbread. My all time fave! This year we are going to do up some shortbread with a twist. Snowman shortbread is easy to make and fun for the kids to decorate. 
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Winter Wonderland Snowman Shortbreads

On the next snowy day, bake up some fun for your kids with this cute edible craft recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups softened Gay Lea Unsalted Butter 375 mL
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar (plus extra for decorating) 175 mL
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 7 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 750 mL
  • Mini chocolate chips, gum drops, licorice whips, jelly beans, fruit leather etc. 


Line 3 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat butter with icing sugar, vanilla and salt until fluffy. Add flour and mix well.

(Chill if needed until easy to handle)

Measure level 2 tbsp (30 mL) portions into 8 balls for snowman bases; arrange on prepared baking sheet. Measure level 1 tbsp (15 mL) and 2 tsp (10 mL) portions respectively for 8 bellies and 8 heads of snowmen. Arrange on baking sheets. Chill dough balls for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In batches, bake largest balls for 18 minutes, medium balls for 15 minutes and smallest balls for 12 minutes or until balls are golden on the bottom and set. Cool completely. Roll in icing sugar to coat. Create a paste using additional icing sugar and water (see tip); use to stack and assemble balls into a snowman shape. Decorate as desired with candies.

Makes about 8 snowmen.

Preparation Time: 90 minutes (plus chilling)


Easy Icing Sugar Glue: Stir 6 tbsp (90 mL) icing sugar with 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) water. Spoon a small dab between balls to assemble snowmen. Use toothpicks to help paste on small items such as chocolate chip eyes and buttons.

To find other shortbread recipes from Gay Lea check them out online. Gay Lea makes any recipe tasty and easy to create. Find them in the dairy/cooler isle of your local grocery store. 


  1. These are really cute! A great way to get the kids involved in holiday decorating and baking!

  2. These are super cute!

  3. These are so cute! My son would love to make these with me.

  4. Nena Sinclair says

    These are the cutest cookies ever! 🙂

  5. kristen visser says

    omg this is absolutely ADORABLE!!! i love it

  6. Kristin Ashe says

    Great idea, my daughter would love them!

  7. Debbie White Beattie says

    I can’t believe how cute these snowmen are and I like how the kids get to decorate them before ultimately eating them.

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