Santa Claus Cutouts Recipe
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Santa Claus Cutouts Recipe

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Santa turns out to be a handsome fellow when I use my favorite cutout cookie recipe. Painting on the candy coating allows for detailed decorating. My 14 shoe boxes of shaped cutters tell you how much I enjoy making cookies! —Jane Brown, Greensburg, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • White, red and blue candy coating disks


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. Santa cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Melt white candy coating; using a clean paintbrush, add a beard, mustache, eyebrows, hat brim and pom-pom to each Santa. Melt red coating; add hat, nose and mouth. Melt blue coating; add eyes. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Santa Claus Cutouts in Country Woman December/January 2008, p29

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gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 228616
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"I found this to be really good cut-out cookie dough. I had to use a little more flour so it wouldn't stick. It had a good flavor."

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 102428
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"My mom and I make cookies with the same cutter and they have always been my favorite. We pipe the frosting on which is quite time consuming. I am anxious to try the painting technique this Christmas!"

momome01 User ID: 5813893 175258
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"chilled the dough for hours and was sticky and added more flour repeatedly not good."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 170946
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"The cookie cutter is available at multiple sites online, just search for "Santa Cookie Cutter" and you'll get a whole list of options."

lovetobakeeveryday User ID: 7048469 157415
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I couldn't wait to make these cookies. What a disappointment! I followed the recipe exactly and let the dough chill for 3 hours in frig. The dough was sticky and impossible to roll. I then added more flour, but still was not able to roll it out and use cookie cutters. I do not recommend this recipe!"

SueAnnaBannana User ID: 7035492 155473
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"My Grandmother use to make these cookies and we lost her cookie cutter. I would be so grateful to know where to find this cookie cutter."

JodyRobinson User ID: 4184870 102184
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"I would love to make these cookies but I have lost my cookie cutter. Where can I purchase another one?"

mrsholiday User ID: 6944337 175257
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"I adore these!!"

gingster16@hotmail.xom User ID: 2048984 84444
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"Where can I find the actual Santa cookie cutter? He's one of the nicest ones I've seen. Thank you. GK, Westmont IL"

sspidell User ID: 2109886 209540
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"This has become one of my most favorite cookie recipe! My kids love painting the candy coating on!"

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