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Santa Sugar Cookies Recipe

Santa Sugar Cookies Recipe

Ho ho ho! St. Nick can drop in any time at all when you bake these cute-as-can-be treats. To create them, our kitchen staff followed a scrumptious cookie recipe from Jill Boruff of Soap Lake, Washington and formed Santas with heart-shaped cookie cutters.—Jill Boruff, Soap Lake, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Brown and red miniature M&M's
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) whipped vanilla frosting
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Red colored sugar
  • Red jimmies

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-1/2-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until firm (do not overbake). Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. In a microwave melt semi-sweet chips on high for about 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  • 4. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert #2 round pastry tip. Add melted chocolate. For eyes, pipe two dots in the center of each cookie; attach brown M&M's. Pipe a small dot of chocolate below eyes; attach a red M&M for nose. Pipe eyelashes.
  • 5. In a small bowl, combine the frosting, butter and sugar. For hat, frost the top 1 in. of the pointed end of cookie. Sprinkle with red sugar. Frost the sides and rounded ends for beard. Place two jimmies for the mouth.
  • 6. Cut a hole in the corner of a small plastic or pastry bag; insert #16 star tip. Fill with remaining frosting. Pipe a zigzag boarder under hat for fur hatband. Pipe a pom-pom on top of hat. Yield: about 8 dozen.