How cute are these Santa Claus cookies?? This is the best cut out cookie recipe I have ever tasted! Everyone who tries them agrees!
Mom started making these delicious cut out cookies in the early 1950’s. The cutters are from Aunt Chick’s. They are available again today, using the same injection molds that the originals were made from in the 1940’s.
Here is a link to the site to purchase them. http://www.grammascutters.com/aunt-chicks-cookie-cutters.html They are not difficult but are quite time consuming.
When we we little, my parents, (bless they hearts, but they were crazy!!) used to put up the Christmas tree, decorate it, get all the presents under it and everything after we went to bed on Christmas Eve! I can not even imagine!
My father still tells stories of putting together the Easy Bake Oven for one young girl, and all of the parts weren’t in the box! He had to improvise and the story goes, he went to sleep about 5AM and my brothers and I were up by 6AM! Now there is some parenting dedication!! The most I could ever do was decorate the tree with the family and put the presents under it when the kids went to bed! Bad parent, I am! 🙂
My Mom used to wrap these Santa Claus Coookies in plastic wrap and tie some curling ribbon on the top. She hung them on the tree, like they were ornaments. They looked so cute, but in all honesty, they taste better right out the freezer!!
This year I had so very many helpers decorating cookies! My brother and all of his family from California, both of my sons and my Mom! They all turned out great!! When making this recipe, do not double it unless you have 6 quart mixing bowl, like my kitchenaid! The dough is too thick!
Aren’t they cute? Well worth the effort! The kids love them! They look so festive! They are best if they are kept frozen. They stay nice and crispy! These Ischeler’s Tortelletes are a delicious treat for Christmas, as well!
I hope you enjoy the recipe for Santa Claus Cut – Out Cookies! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous, New Year in 2018! Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
These vintage cookie cutters make the cutest Santa Claus cookies you have ever seen!
- 4 1/2 c Flour
- 1/2 t Salt
- 1 t baking Soda
- 1 c Unsalted Butter
- 1 1/2 c Sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 t Vanilla
- 1/3 c unsalted butter
- 4 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 1/4 c milk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Colored Sugars, red for Santa
- Assorted Sprinkles
- Buttercream Frosting
- 1 egg white
- 1-2 teaspoon red food coloring
- Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and cream again until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and thoroughly combine. Scrap the sides of the bowl. Add vanilla and thoroughly combine.
- Add flour mixture in 3 parts just combining between additions. Don't over beat. The dough will be tough.
- Roll in waxed paper.
- Chill overnight.
Roll dough out on a piece of floured waxed paper to about 1/4" thickness.
Cut cookies out with cookie cutters. (coat cutters with flour, if dough wants to stick) For Santa cookies, press dough into deep crevices so that features show in dough.
For Santa's eyes, cut raisins in half and press in eye sockets BEFORE Baking!
Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes until slightly golden at the edges
- In bowl beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 c. powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in milk minus 3 Tbsp. Slowly beat in remaining powdered sugar.
- Remove about 3/4 c. of icing to a bowl for eyebrows, mustaches and hat of Santa Claus.
Add remaining milk and vanilla. If the icing isn't quite thick enough, just add more powdered sugar a few heaping tablespoons at a time. Use the remainer of frosting for Santa's beard.
- Can be colored with food coloring to frost other cookies.
Put a few teaspoons of red food coloring in a small glass.
With a very small paint brush, or the side of toothpick, draw mouth in between mustache. Let dry for a few minutes.
Add 1 whisked egg white to the remainder of the food coloring in bowl and mix together. Add more food coloring, if required.
In the areas where the cheeks are pressed out and the nose, with a q-tip, make round circle of egg white/ red coloring mixture, in the middle. (For his rosy cheeks and nose.)
Sprinkle the nose and cheeks with red sugar.
Next, paint on the main section of the hat with the egg/ coloring mixture and sprinkle that with red sugar. Let dry 10 minutes or so.
Next, dump off the excess sugar on a small plate. We usually clean up the edge with clean q-tips and toothpicks.
I do the mustache and eyebrows first, because I like them to look fluffy, so I fluff it up with another clean toothpick, after it dries for a few minutes. Then I pipe on the the pompom and rim of the hat. And fluff that up with a knife.
Spread on the beard with a knife.
Top the frosting with coconut. Done! Whew!!
Originally Published 12/23/2015