This Snowman Pizza is the cutest and cheesiest Holiday and Christmas treat! Make a snowman in your kitchen with this margherita pizza.
What is Snowman Pizza?
Snowman pizza is a homemade, margherita-style pizza made into the cutest savoury treat – the perfect dish for Christmas and the holidays. This adorable pizza is a fun cooking activity to entertain your kids and the whole family with. Comprised of store bought pizza dough, canned pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese, it requires less elbow-grease than the typical homemade pizza, but with the extra fun!
With the snowman’s eyes and buttons made out of black olives, and a carrot nose, you can’t help but develop a resistance to eating this because of cuteness overload! Inspired by the snowman pizza from celinyrs’s post on Instagram.
Feel free to watch my Snowman Pizza video for detailed instructions and for your entertainment~
Now let’s get Snowman Pizza-ing!
What is margherita pizza?
Margherita pizza is a Neapolitan pizza, made with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Traditionally, pizza Margherita is baked in a very hot wood-fired oven. The toppings are simple; this allows you to taste the quality and flavours of the tomato sauce, cheese, and basil individually and harmoniously.
Is this Snowman Pizza an authentic margherita pizza?
This snowman pizza is an oversimplified and Westernized version of the popular Neopolitan pizza. It has the basic elements of a margherita pizza, with the olives and carrot toppings used for ornamental purposes. The flavours are similar to that of a margherita pizza.
What kind of cheese should I use?
I recommend that you use low-moisture mozzarella cheese. The cheese needs to have a tubular or spherical shape.
Though traditional margherita pizza uses fresh mozzarella cheese, it may make your pizza soggy – especially since we are not baking the pizza in a hot, wooden pizza oven. If you cannot find spherical, low-moisture mozzarella cheese, then you can use fresh mozzarella cheese – just be warned that your pizza dough may turn out softer.
How to cut out the snowman shape from cheese:
You may use circular cookie cutters to cut out a more accurately scaled snowman. I use 1 small (1¾ or 44mm) and 1 large cookie cutter (2¼ or 57mm) for the head and body, respectively.
If you don’t have round cookie cutters, no worries. As long as you already have a round-shaped mozzarella cheese, you can use what you have to reach the general snowman shape.
What kind of pizza dough should I use?
I use your typical canned pizza dough. You’ll find it in packaged in long, cardboard cans in the refrigerator section of your local supermarket. Canned pizza dough is the best for this recipe because the pizza dough is already rolled out into flattened, large rectangular shape. This shortcut aids us in the consistency of each snowman pizza dough shape and thickness.
Can I use homemade pizza dough?
Yes, you can use homemade pizza dough. You will just need to roll it into a rectangle with a consistent thickness throughout.
Do I have to pre-bake pizza dough?
Depending on the brand of pizza dough you purchased, the instructions may state to pre-bake the dough. Please bake the dough according to the instructions on the packaging.
The brand I use states to bake the dough at 400°F (200°C) for 8 minutes before adding any sauce or toppings, so I’ve done just that.
What does Snowman Pizza taste like?
When you first take a bite you get hit with that stringy cheese marinated into the tangy pizza sauce, then you chew a little and you get a burst of freshness from the basil, with the subtle textures of the olives and carrot, all brought together through the crisp pizza crust.
Ingredients for Snowman Pizza
Any store bought, pre-made pizza dough in a can will do. It should roll out into a rectangular sheet of pizza dough.
i like using canned pizza sauce, especially since we’re already using pre-packaged pizza dough – we need to be consistent right? (hehe)
Low-moisture mozzarella cheese. You need to find tubular or spherical shaped cheese to best depict the snowman shape.
Whole, pitted, black olives. The eyes and buttons of the snowman are represented through these.
Whole ones are best as they can be cut into rings or punched out for the eyes.
The classic snowman nose! Cut the carrot into disks and slice them into an isosceles triangle for the carrot nose.
The fresh basil acts as the bowtie for the snowman – he’s looking spiffy!
How to make Snowman Pizza
Cut pizza dough and pre-bake
Pop the can of pizza dough open, and gently unravel the cold dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
This dough is around 8.5 by 13 inches, so we’ll divide it into 4 individual pizza rectangles; this’ll act as the canvas for our snowman.Use your fingers to press along the edge of the dough to make a 1cm border; this’ll be the crust of our pizza.
Since the instructions label says to pre-bake the dough for 8 mins at 400f, we will do just that.
After baking, slather on 1 tbsp of pizza sauce per pizza slice.
Note: If the instructions on your dough packaging does not state to pre-bake, then do not pre-bake – simply bake it according to the package.
Prep the snowman’s features
Head and body
Slice the mozzarella cheese into 8 disks, 5mm thick. If you have round cookie cutters laying around, cut out a smaller head and bigger body from the mozzarella for Frosty.
Eyes and mouth
Slice the whole olives in half, and try to find a tiny round cutter to cut out 28 dots for the eyes and mouth. I’ll be using a piping tip and a tooth pick to poke them out. The piping tip I’m using is number 13.
Thinly slice the whole olives into 8 rings for the buttons on the snowman’s belly.
Thinly slice the carrot into a disk around the same thickness as the olives, and make a proportionate nose by cutting out 4 isosceles triangles.
Please refer to my Snowman Pizza video for a visual demonstration.
Assemble the pizza and bake
Place 1 larger circle for the body of the snowman, and 1 smaller circle for the head onto the pizza dough. Assemble 2 olive dots for the eyes, 5 olive dots for the smile, 1 carrot nose, and 2 olive rings for the buttons.
Slide the pizza into the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 10 mins or until the cheese is melted (not burnt) with the crust is golden brown.
I have some fresh basil handy so let’s add a nice bowtie as a finishing touch to Frosty’s outfit. Serve the snowman pizza with a side of pizza sauce for dipping.
There we have it, snowman pizza, and while the pizza is still hot, let’s dig in!
- 1 can pizza dough 391g
- 4 tbsp pizza sauce
- 8 slices mozzarella cheese low-moisture, 300g
- 4 black olives whole, pitted
- ¼ piece carrot
- 8 leaves fresh basil garnish
- Un-roll the pizza dough onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Divide the dough into 4 small rectangles. Partially bake for 8 mins at 400°F (200°C).
- Spread 1 tbsp of pizza sauce on per pizza rectangle.
- Slice a tubular slab of mozzarella cheese into 5mm disks. Use 1 small (1¾ or 44mm) and 1 large cookie cutter (2¼ or 57mm) and slice the mozzarella disk to make the head and body of snowman. Place head and body onto pizza dough.
- Slice whole olives in half. Take a piping tip and push into olive, cutting out a small round dot for the eyes. Place 2 pieces for the eyes and 5 pieces for the smile onto the snowman's face.
- Slice whole olives into rings, taking 2 rings and placing it on the snowman's belly.
- Slice carrot into disks, cutting out an isosceles triangle out of each disk. Place 1 carrot nose on the snowman's face.
- Place back into oven at 400°F (200°C) for 10 mins, or until cheese is melted (not browned).
Garnish and serve
- Place 2 basil leaves for the snowman's bowtie, serve with a side of pizza sauce for dipping.