Ho Ho Ho
Last week it was Rudolph and this week it is Santa! I know I am a Christmasaholic. Get over it. You know you love it to!
You simply cannot have reindeer without Santa. And I know, there are all kinds of Santa Christmas cookies all beautifully decorated with royal icing. But Honestly, I wanted something easy, something EVERYONE can make and actually look cute, not like a 4-year-old went to town with a piping bag full of royal icing.
Royal icing and I? Yeah, we do not have the best relationship. I do not know how the amazing girls behind Bake at 350 and Sweetopia do it! I mean seriously they are so talented! Don’t get me wrong I have turned out my fair share of decorated sugar cookies and they have turned out pretty good (and I am pretty proud of them! Obviously). But not without a whole lot of hair pulling, feet hurting and icing in places it should most definitely NOT be!
These cute little santa’s however require no hair pulling. And in my opinion they are cutest little santa’s I have seen. They taste pretty darn good too! I promise you can make these and make them look cute. Really, really cute!
They are even fun to make. Just roll some cookie balls and stick them together to make one cute Santa cookie! Seriously, you need to make these! Like now, or as soon as possible! They are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!
I would recommend making these in your Grinch pajama pants, santa hat and elf slippers. We all have them, right (come on I cannot be the only one?)! Then turn on the Mariah Carey Christmas music circa 1994.
These are perfect for any holiday party, class party, cookies swap or just with a big old glass of milk!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 15 drops red food coloring
- 1 bag mini chocolate chips, for eyes and buttons
- 1 bag mini holiday M&M's, for Santa's nose
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/3 cup powder sugar
- 1 teaspoon milk
Preheat the oven to 350 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. I found it was easiest to make all the parts and line them up in a row (one row for each santa). This was you can build all the santa's at once.
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.
Well the cookies bake make the frosting for Santa's beard, beat the butter 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 (you can use a ziplock bag as well). Just snip of the end and pipe away) with a fun tip to create Santa's beard. Use the pastry bag to go around Santa's face, arms and legs. Put a small dot on the tip of his hat and then place one red mini M&M on his face as his nose.
*The frosting will harden a bit once piped onto the santa’s. After this they can be store in a airtight container for 3-4 days.
Recipe adapted from Tablespoon.
Rolly-Polly Jolly old Santa Clause!
If you make this recipe, be sure to tag your photo #halfbakedharvest.