Sugar Cookie Santas

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Sugar Cookie Santas

sugar cookie santas

Can you believe we are only 13 days away from Christmas!! Time is flying by and I still have a lot of fun and easy recipes to share. These are our Sugar Cookie Santas! This recipe will show you how to make your own dough (not from a box), the icing and decorate them! What kind of cookies do you leave for Santa? I don’t know how he would feel if we left these. But we will eat up these Sugar Cookie Santas in a heartbeat!

Sugar Cookie Santas

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 24


  • Cookies:
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of butter softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • Icing:
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of corn syrup
  • red food coloring
  • 24 red M&M Minis
  • 48 candy eyes


  • In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate, large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and milk and continue beating on low.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture, and beat until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Divide the dough in half. Then wrap each half in waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Dust work area and rolling pin with powdered sugar and roll out the dough to about 1/4" thick.
  • Cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter and place on prepared sheet.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges are beginning to brown.
  • Leave on sheet for 2 minutes before moving to wire rack to finish cooling.
  • To make the icing:
  • Mix the powdered sugar, milk and corn syrup in a bowl until smooth.
  • Divide icing in half and color one half with red food coloring.
  • Transfer each color to a piping bag or zippered bag to pipe onto cookies.
  • Turn heart upside down. Pipe red on top to make hat. Pipe White around bottom to make a beard.
  • Use the white icing to glue down a red M&M for the nose and the two candy eyes. Then allow that to dry for 10 minutes.
  • Pipe a red mouth between the beard and mustache. Pipe a white band at bottom of hat and white ball at the top.
  • Allow to sit for at least an hour for icing to get hard.

 sugar cookie santas

If you are like me, then the prep time for these Sugar Cookie Santas looks scary! BUT…..a lot of that time is when the dough is just sitting in the refrigerator and then some time for the icing to set up too. I just kind of make an assembly line and go down the counter. Be sure to check out our Homemade Eggnog Cookies and our  Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Looking for more sweet treat recipes? Check out this cookbook! It’s full of great ideas!


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