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Golden Santa Bread Recipe

Golden Santa Bread Recipe

A friend of mine shared this fun idea. She made it with purchased frozen dough, and I use a family bread recipe. The finished loaf looks complicated. but it's actually simple to create. —Vicki Melies, Elkhorn, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:16-18 servings


  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 raisins
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Beat in the eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other. Shape the larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa's head and hat. Divide the smaller portion in half. Shape and flatten one half into a beard. Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 in. of top. Position on Santa's face; twist and curl strips if desired.
  • 4. Use the remaining dough for the mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim. Shape a portion of dough into a mustache; flatten and cut the ends into small strips with scissors. Place above beard. Place a small ball above mustache for nose. Fold tip of hat over and add another ball for pom-pom. Roll out a narrow piece of dough to create a hat brim; position under hat.
  • 5. With a scissors, cut two slits for eyes; insert raisins into slits. In separate small bowls, beat egg each yolk. Add red food coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over hat, nose and cheeks. Brush plain yolk over remaining dough.
  • 6. Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2017

"Make it every year for my Chorus and it is a hit ????????"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2016

"I made it to the recipe but added the egg yolks with the eggs to the mix (the recipe wasn't very clear). Mine looked much darker than the pictures and you couldn't really see the food coloring. bread itself was lovely, very similar to brioche. Not as easy as some of the reviews suggest."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"I used freezer dough also. This way you can also choose what kind of bread you want. The Grandchildren loved it and it tasted great. Thank's"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"Kids love this every year - this year I was way too busy and cheated with freezer dough - the kids still liked it but I noticed the difference."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Looks easy using frozen bread dough. Fun idea. Smiling"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"That adorable and I'm so happy it's not a salt dough recipe! Please explain instructions in #7. "Beat egg each yolk" Was that supposed to be "beat egg yolks separately in two small bowls"?"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"Great 1 hr. project with or for kids baking during Christmas!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"This is adorable! I made one for our potluck lunch at work, and now I'm going to adapt the bread recipe to make it gluten-free for those of us who can't eat wheat for our family gathering. It looks amazing and is so easy to do."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"could i make this with pretzel dough??"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"I have made this Santa bread for 6 years now, it's always a big hit and people always think I worked so hard. I' s very easy and fun to do with grandchildren. We've also made the Easter bunny bread. These are great!!!"

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