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Santa Sugar Cookies

Ho ho ho! St. Nick can drop in any time when you bake these cute-as-can-be treats formed with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.—Jill Boruff, Soap Lake, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) whipped vanilla frosting
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Brown and red M&M's minis
  • Red colored sugar
  • Red jimmies


  • Cream first four ingredients until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; shape into disks. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate until firm enough to roll, 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/2-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until firm, 8-10 minutes (do not overbake). Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat canned frosting, butter and confectioners' sugar until well-blended. Cut a hole in the tip of a pastry bag or corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert #16 star tip and fill with frosting. Placing hearts point side up, use a small amount of frosting to attach brown M&M's for eyes and red M&M's for noses. Use remaining frosting to pipe hats, beards and mustaches. Sprinkle hats with red sugar; add jimmies for mouths.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 299 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Christine
    Jan 12, 2020

    Made these for Christmas ...easy and delicious cookies ! I used royal icing to decorate and they turned out adorable !!

  • boricuabutter
    Dec 12, 2017

    Can't wait to try this!!

  • dayni
    Oct 10, 2016

    I have used this recipe several times and it always turns out excellent. I cut this recipe in half because it makes way too many cookies

  • Punkinhead89
    Apr 15, 2014

    Loved the cookies!!!!

  • bburnham1
    Dec 18, 2012

    Although I didn't end up doing santa faces, the cookies and frosting turned out amazing!!

  • Sistag
    Dec 15, 2012

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  • jothomas53
    Dec 14, 2009

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