Whip Up These Sugar Cookies For Santa

November 22nd, 2021 by

sugar cookies shaped like Santa, candy canes, and Christmas trees
December is almost here, so it’s time to prep some festive treats for Christmas. Brighten up your dessert with this family-inspired Santa sugar cookie recipe!

Cookie Ingredients

In addition to a Santa-shaped cookie cutter, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Red-colored sugar

To Make the Cookies

Start by mixing the sugar and butter in a large bowl until they lighten up and become smooth and blended. Then, add the vanilla and beat in the eggs. Use a separate bowl to whisk the flour, tartar, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg until creamy. Split the mix in two, flatten both halves, then wrap it in plastic to let it firm up in the fridge for an hour. Preheat the oven to 375 F, flour a work surface, then roll the dough out to ¼-inch thick. Cut the cookie shapes out, then place them on greased baking sheets with about two inches in between each one. Bake them until golden, about eight to ten minutes, then let the cookies cool on racks. To make the frosting, beat butter until smooth in a large bowl, then beat in salt, vanilla, and milk. Mix in sugar until blended, then use a piping bag to decorate the cookies.

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