Santa Claus Cookies

Cindi Bauer


Our Christmas just wouldn't be complete w/o these Santa Claus Cookies. The recipe is from my 1982 Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook.

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About 2 dozen cookies (Mine yielded: 27 cookies)
10 Min


1 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
shortening, or butter flavor shortening
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
grated lemon peel (l omit this, dont really need it)
2 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
creamy frosting (see recipe below)
miniature marshmallows
red sugar
milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate chips
red hots cinnamon candies
flaked or shredded coconut

How to Make Santa Claus Cookies


  • 1Mix granulated sugar, shortening, milk, lemon peel and egg.
  • 2Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • 3Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • 4Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls.
  • 5Place 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.
  • 6Bake until edges are light brown, 8 to 10 minutes; then let cookies cool completely before frosting them.
  • 7Spread cookie with small amount of Creamy Frosting.
  • 8Sprinkle top third of cookie with red sugar (to make Santa's cap).
  • 9Press on miniature marshmallow for tassel of cap.
  • 10Press 2 chocolate chips for the eyes, and 1 red cinnamon candy for the nose.
  • 11Sprinkle bottom third with either flaked or shredded coconut, for the beard.
  • 12Frost and decorate each cookie before starting another.
  • 13Creamy 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.)
  • 14Note: 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.

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