Santa Claus Cookies
1 cgranulated sugar
1/2 cshortening, or butter flavor shortening
1 tspgrated lemon peel (l omit this, dont really need it)
2 call-purpose flour
1 tspbaking powder
1/2 tspbaking soda
·creamy frosting (see recipe below)
·milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips
·red hots cinnamon candies
·flaked or shredded coconut
How to Make Santa Claus Cookies
- Mix granulated sugar, shortening, milk, lemon peel and egg.
- Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls.
- Place about 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten each to about 2-1/2 inch in diameter, with greased bottom of a beverage glass dipped in sugar.
- Bake until edges are light brown, 8 to 10 minutes; then let cookies cool completely before frosting them.
- Spread cookie with small amount of Creamy Frosting.
- Sprinkle top third of cookie with red sugar (to make Santa's cap).
- Press on miniature marshmallow for tassel of cap.
- Press 2 chocolate chips for the eyes, and 1 red cinnamon candy for the nose.
- Sprinkle bottom third with either flaked or shredded coconut, for the beard.
- Frost and decorate each cookie before starting another.
- Creamy Frosting: Mix 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 4-6 tablespoons milk; mix until desired consistency. (I actually used: 3 cups plus 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar, 6 tablespoons plus a 1/2 tablespoon of milk, and the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.)
- Note: I baked my cookies on Pampered Chef Stoneware, and baked the first 2-3 batches for 10 minutes, and the last 2 batches for 9 minutes, as the cookies were starting to brown up a bit more.