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Santa Claus Sugar Cookies

I've used this recipe for almost 40 years and love it because it's a little different than most. My mom always made Santa cookies, and we'd put them into little clear bags tied with ribbon to hang on the tree.—Ann Bush, Colorado City, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Red colored sugar, miniature semisweet chocolate chips and Red Hots, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. Santa-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Pipe onto cookies and decorate as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 186 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • homemadewithlove
    Jan 31, 2018

    Love the nutmeg flavor but my cutout shapes spread too much even after chilling the dough.

  • suefalk
    Dec 31, 2016

    Awesome, great flavor sugar cookie! I didn't make 'Santa' cookie, but used this recipefor my cut out Christmas cookies. Love the touch of nutmeg. I didn't use the frosting, so review is only on cookie.