Santa Claus Cookies Recipe
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Santa Claus Cookies Recipe

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Store-bought peanut butter sandwich cookies become jolly elves with white chocolate, colored sugar, mini chips and Red Hots. —Mary Kaufenberg, Shakopee, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + standing Cook: 5 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + standing Cook: 5 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 package (1 pound) Nutter Butter sandwich cookies
  • Red colored sugar
  • 32 vanilla or white chips
  • 64 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 32 red-hot candies

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 117 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a microwave, melt white chocolate at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  2. Dip one end of each cookie into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wire racks. For Santa's hat, sprinkle red sugar on top part of chocolate. Press one vanilla chip off-center on hat for pompom; let stand until set.
  3. Dip other end of each cookie into melted chocolate for beard, leaving center of cookie uncovered. Place on wire racks. With a dab of melted chocolate, attach semisweet chips for eyes and a red-hot for nose. Place on waxed paper until set. Yield: 32 cookies.
Originally published as Santa Claus Cookies in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p10

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"My 1st grader and I made these and they turned out super cute."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"they are a good project to make with the kids"

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Love these! They are so cute and not too hard to make either!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"These have been a Christmas tradition for the past 7 years. We make several children's batches with red M&M noses and a couple adult batches with cinnamon candies. They're always the first treats to disappear!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I used 1lb Almond Bark for two pkgs of cookies on the white part. I also used a mini M&M for the nose but put it on the top of the white beard. I used a toothpick to put sqiggly lines in the beard. Fun but puttsy."

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