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Santa Cookies for Christmas

These Santa cookies are perfect for Christmas! Make these sugar cookies – that look like jolly St. Nick – for holiday gifting or parties.

santa cookies

You guys are going to die when I say this but – I grew up not believing in Santa. I never did, my whole life. I knew that Christmas gifts came from my family members.

But there’s a reason for it.

My mom was so traumatized by her own discovery that Santa wasn’t real that she didn’t want her own kids to go through that. Apparently it was a very embarrassing situation, so we’re talking about preventing generational trauma here!

The thing about that is, I’m totally fine with not having Santa history, and knowing where the gifts came from. The “holiday magic” (for me) comes from the Christmas crafting, making cute Christmas cookies, checking out lights, and decorating.

I even incorporate Santa Claus into things that I make, because he’s still the holiday’s most popular guy. This year it was Santa cookies! Aren’t they the cutest things you’ve ever seen?

They are PERFECT for cookie exchanges. You will hear “oohs and ahhs.” Maybe squeals.

And you won’t believe how easy they are to make. It’s a very easy sugar cookie recipe with a delicious buttercream frosting and sprinkles. And the best part is that the decorating is simple due to the star cookie cutter! You gotta love it.

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Before you dive in, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom for the Santa cookie recipe.

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Here’s what I always make sure to pay attention to.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify. This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Look for Golden Edges

Unless the recipe says otherwise, the edges of the cookies should turn a golden brown while the center remains slightly soft. This balance ensures a chewy texture without overbaking.

Cool Before Transferring

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and avoids them becoming too fragile and crumbling apart.

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Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your cookie baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods! Here’s what you’re going to need for these Santa Claus cookies.


  • All-purpose flour – 4 cups (480 grams)
  • Cornstarch – 4 T
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter – 1 cup (226 grams) (room temperature)
  • Granulated sugar – 1 1/2 cup (300 grams)
  • Eggs – 2
  • Vanilla extract – 1 T

Buttercream Frosting

  • Unsalted butter, room temp – 1/2 cup (100 grams)
  • Icing sugar – 2 cups (250 grams)
  • Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh cream – 1-2 T
  • Red color sanding sugar and sprinkles and pearls
  • Mini chocolate chips

Don’t forget your star cookie cutters!

After the cookies are made, you can keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. They’ll last a few weeks in the refrigerator.

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You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to six months. When you bring them out of the freezer, let them rise to room temperature naturally as opposed to microwaving.

santa face cookies

Get the printable recipe for these cookies below:

Yield: 18 cookies

Santa Cookies

santa cookies

These Santa Claus cookies are so cute and easy to make with a star shaped cookie cutter. Kids will love these!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes


Shortbread Cookies

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons fresh cream
  • 36 mini chocolate chips
  • Red color sanding sugar, sprinkles and pearls


Make the Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line your baking tray with parchment paper; set aside.Preheating the oven
  2. Take a large bowl and add the flour, cornstarch, and salt, and keep aside.flour, cornstarch, and salt mixed together in a bowl
  3. Beat the butter and sugar on medium-high, scraping down the sides until the mixture turns light, creamy, and fluffy (2-3 mins).
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the mixture. Beat until incorporated well.Eggs added to the cookie batter
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in batches and mix until the dough is formed (the dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl).Dry ingredients added to the Santa claus cookie batter
  6. Flatten the dough and wrap it with a cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.Dough flattened in a ceramic bowl
  7. Once chilled, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out cookies using a star-shaped cookie cutter.Stars cut out of the cookie dough
  8. Place the cutouts on the prepared baking tray and bake for 10-12 min in a preheated oven. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes in the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.Mini chocolate chips, red sprinkles, buttercream frosting, and star cookies

Buttercream Frosting

  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream the butter until it's light and creamy.Butter beat with a hand mixer in a glass bowl until creamy
  2. Add vanilla extract, a T of fresh cream, and sugar (in batches) and beat until you get a smooth and fluffy consistency (5-6 min).Adding the powdered sugar and milk to the butter
  3. Put an open star icing tip into the piping bag and fill it with prepared frosting. Keep it aside.Buttercream in a piping bag, American buttercream in a piping bag for icing cake, frosting for decorating cake

Decorate the Cookies

  1. Fill small bowls with sprinkles and pearls for decorating the cookies.Sprinkles in clear glass bowls and buttercream frosting in a large clear glass bowl
  2. Take a cookie and apply a thin layer of frosting using a butter knife, leaving a portion on top without the frosting for Santa's face.Buttercream frosting spread on the bottom of a star cookie
  3. Sprinkle or press down the red sugar sprinkles on the cookie. Shake off the excess.Red sprinkles pressed into the frosting
  4. Stick mini chocolate chips using some frosting to make Santa’s eyes. Use the piping bag to pipe buttercream and create a beard. Lastly, add one red color sugar pearl to make the nose. Let frosting set before serving.Finished santa claus cookies with sprinkles on top

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

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If you enjoyed these Christmas cookies, let me know in the comments! I’d love for you to check out these other Christmas desserts:

Candy Cane FudgeChristmas Butter CookiesChristmas CrackChristmas CupcakesChristmas Linzer CookiesGingerbread Bundt CakeGingerbread CupcakesGingerbread MuffinsGrinch CookiesGrinch CupcakesMarshmallow Pretzel TreatsMini Santa StrawberriesOreo BallsPeppermint Frosted CookiesPeppermint Ice CreamPeppermint Pudding CookiesPopcornRed Velvet Thumbprint CookiesReindeer ChowReindeer CookiesRice Krispie TreatsSpice CakeTree BrowniesTree CupcakesWhoopie PiesWreath Cupcakes

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