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Santa Claus Cookies Recipe

Santa Claus Cookies Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 117 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 59 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Santa Claus Cookies

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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."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I've made these for two years for my Primary class at church. Once for 4yr olds, then 5yr olds and this year will be for 6yr olds, They love them and they are so easy to make just the amount you need. I did use the almond bark dipping coating instead of the chocolate since it was easier to find and this year I'm using red M&M baking bits instead of the red hots, since none of the children liked those. Everyone looks forward to them."

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"My children and I have made these for Christmas several years. They are just sooo cute and tasty too. Easy for young kids as no baking is required."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"I've been making this recipe for several years. They are always popular. However, to save a little time, I used vanilla frosting instead of melting the white chocolate. Still delicious!!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I made these last year they were alot of fun and very festive for the holidays."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I used vanilla wafers because my daughter doesn't like peanut butter. I think I would use red m&m's for the nose next time too."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I have made these for several years for my childrens' school parties and as treats for friends. Everyone is always very delighted to get them and my kids love helping make them too!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"I just love making the Santa Cookies they are so easy to make and look so nice on my cookie trays. The children love them.


Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008

"I made these for a cookie exchange. They were a HUGE hit! And very quick to make."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2008 Edited Jul. 1, 2011

"I make these around Christmas time every year with my 5 children. Everyone thinks they are so cute! And they're yummy too! A must for my family."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2007

"There are a great activity for kids to help make."

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