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Santa Deviled Eggs

I love creating special deviled eggs for parties. These little Santas are easier to make than they look, and everyone raves over them. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado


  • 12 hard-boiled large eggs
  • Hot water
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 to 2 ounces thick sliced deli ham, cut into 24 pieces
  • 1/2 roasted sweet red pepper strips, cut into 24 thin pieces
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened


  • Peel and cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks and place in a small bowl. Fill a mug 1/3 full with hot water. Stir in food coloring. Dip the narrow end of each egg into the red water and hold for 10-15 seconds. Drain eggs on paper towels, cut side up.
  • In a small bowl, mash yolks. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, pickle relish, paprika and, if desired, horseradish sauce. Spoon or pipe into each egg white. Attach capers for eyes, a ham piece for a nose and a pepper piece for a mouth.
  • Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert #16 star pastry tip. Fill bag with cream cheese. Pipe eyebrows, mustache and beard on face; pipe pom-pom and trim on hat. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.

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  • Kelly
    Dec 25, 2019

    These were so fun to make. I didn't have cream cheese and cut an egg for the hat and beard. I used bacon for the nose. Thank you for the inspiration. Merry Christmas!

  • tamicarr
    Dec 24, 2019

    I made these for Christmas. I can’t comment on the filling recipe because I used my own – but I decorated them just like the author suggested. They were surprisingly quick and easy to decorate and they looked amazing. I would definitely make these again.

  • Paul
    Dec 8, 2018

    Fun cute recipe Real tasty food Took about 4 hours from boiling eggs to finishing the piping But worth it A big hit with family and friends

  • LMCheatham
    Dec 10, 2017

    LOVE the idea, but any ideas on what to use besides cream cheese for the beard and hat trim? (no sour cream either, sorry) This would be great, our family really enjoys deviled eggs.

  • sugarcrystal
    Sep 2, 2016

    These are so cute!