Jolly Santas Recipe
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Jolly Santas Recipe

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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 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sprinkle cookies with confectioners' sugar. In a small bowl, tint 3/4 cup frosting with food coloring; frost top third of each cookie.
  4. 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. Yield: 15 cookies.
Originally published as Jolly Santas in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p53

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cakeladybu User ID: 2393909 169890
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

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

mindymoser1 User ID: 5336711 168574
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4249177 78821
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"good one!!"

51797mnh User ID: 4666972 154660
Reviewed 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!!

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