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 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 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 175258
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

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

sstetzel 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 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 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 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 175257
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"I adore these!!"

gingster16@hotmail.xom 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 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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