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Jolly Santas

These whimsical cookies will bring a smile to anyone's face! Get kids involved in the fun by letting them add the red-hot candies. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    15 cookies


  • 1 cup refrigerated Holiday Cookie Dough
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups vanilla frosting, divided
  • Red paste food coloring
  • 30 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 15 red-hot candies


  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out cookie dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out 15 ovals, using a 3-in. egg-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Sprinkle cookies with confectioners' sugar. In a small bowl, tint 3/4 cup frosting with food coloring; frost top third of each cookie.
  • Using a star tip and remaining vanilla frosting, pipe a pom-pom, fur hat brim, eyebrows, eyes, mustache and mouth on each cookie. Press two chocolate chips and a red-hot candy into frosting for pupils and mouth.
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  • cakeladybu
    Nov 17, 2012

    Can't wait to share these with my Wilton students as a great use of an oval cookie cutter.

  • mindymoser1
    Dec 16, 2010

    These cookies were so fun to make! I am not a talented decorator, but they turned out so cute. My three-year-old loved putting on the candy eyes and nose. Yummy too!

  • sharmaranjan
    Dec 13, 2009

    good one!!

  • 51797mnh
    Dec 11, 2009

    I absolutely love this recipe and these cookies!!!!!! They were the best for my daughters school bake sale and they are absolutely ADORABLE. I completely recommend these santa cookies for anyone who has kids or anyone who just enjoys the holidays.Thank You again!!Brooke