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Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 15
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These little Santa cookies are so adorable it's hard to eat them, but once you bite into one, the sweet, buttery flavor will have you wanting more!
by: Sugar and Charm
Updated Mar 8, 2017
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 10 drops red food coloring
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons
  • 1 bag of small cinnamon hard candies for Santa's nose
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup powder sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 325°F. Beat the butter at room temperature on high for about 30 seconds or until light and fluffy. 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.
  • 2
    Remove one cup of the dough and set aside. With the remaining dough, add in the red food coloring.
  • 3
    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 five 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 Santas by pushing the dough parts together. Add the chocolate chips for eyes and three buttons.
  • 4
    Bake the Santas for 12-15 minutes and then let them cool for about 2 minutes. Add the small cinnamon candy nose to Santa's face.
  • 5
    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. Use the pastry bag to go around Santa's face, arms and legs.

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More About This Recipe

  • 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! 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! Happy Holidays!
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