Ho, Ho, Ho!
Everyone loves Santa, especially in the form of a sweet, roly-poly cookie! Both children and adults are sure to swoon over these endearing Santa Cookies
. After all, they’re plump, buttery, adorable and so delicious.
The cookies look very charming on a Christmas plate, are a huge hit at any party and fairly easy to make. They’re just a little time consuming with all of the rolling, but completely worth it!
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat the butter at room temperature on high for about 30 seconds or until light and fluffly. Add in the sugar and beat until combined. Then add in the milk and vanilla while the blender is still going. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the flour.
Remove 1 cup of the dough and set aside. With the remaining dough, add in the red food coloring.
To create a Santa, make one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls from the red dough. From the plain dough, make a 3/4-inch ball and four 1/4 inch balls. You will have a body, head, hat, four red arms and four hands and a white ball for the top of the hat.
On a non-stick cookie sheet, attach the Santa's by pushing the dough parts together. Add the chocolate chips for eyes and three buttons. Bake the Santa's for 12-15 minutes and then let them cool for about 2 minutes. Add the Red Hot nose to Santa's face.
To make the frosting for Santa's beard, beat the shortening and vanilla for about 30 seconds. Gradually add the powder sugar and enough milk to make the frosting piping consistency.
Spoon the frosting into a decorating pastry bag with a fun tip to create Santa's beard.
Oh, and if you want, you can turn these into Christmas ornaments by molding them out of a polymer clay. Of course you can’t eat them that way, but you’ll get to enjoy the cuteness for many years to come.
So, get rolling and make yourself some Roly-Poly Santa Cookies – leave a few for Santa, he’ll get a kick out of them, haha!
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