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Decorated Santa Cookies

This festive cookie recipe is courtesy of Dani Fiori. For a guide to decorating your cookies, download this Santa cookie template.

  • yield: Makes one cookie

Ingredients

  • Royal Icing
  • Flesh-tone gel-paste food coloring
  • 4-to-5-inch Santa-shaped Sugar Cookie Cutouts
  • 2 purple or green jumbo rainbow nonpareils
  • Red gel-paste food coloring
  • Small gumdrops (halved), dragees, mini marshmallows (halved), or snowflake candies
  • Black gel-paste food coloring
  • White gel-paste food coloring
  • Coarse sanding sugar
  • 1 small red-hot cinnamon candy
  • White sprinkles

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Mix together some of the royal icing with the flesh-tone food coloring until desired shade is reached. Transfer to a small squirt bottle. To create face and hands on the cookie, outline the area with flesh-tone icing (see template). Draw several zigzags across entire surface of the outlined area. If necessary, use a toothpick to spread evenly. Using tweezers, add nonpareils to create eyes. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Mix together some of the royal icing with the red food coloring until desired shade is reached. Transfer to a small squirt bottle. To create hat, jacket, and pants on the cookie, outline the area with red icing (see template). Draw several zigzags across entire surface of the outlined area. If necessary, use a toothpick to spread evenly. Using tweezers, add gumdrops to create buttons on jacket.

  3. Step 3

    Mix together some of the royal icing with the black food coloring until desired shade is reached. Transfer to a small squirt bottle. To create boots on the cookie, outline the area with black icing (see template). Draw several zigzags across entire surface of the outlined area. If necessary, use a toothpick to spread evenly. Let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Mix together some of the royal icing with the white food coloring until desired shade is reached. Transfer to a small squirt bottle. To create trim on hat, jacket, and pants, outline the area with white icing (see template). Draw several zigzags across entire surface of the outlined area. If necessary, use a toothpick to spread evenly. Sprinkle trim with sanding sugar. Using tweezers, add a mini marshmallow to top of hat to create a tassel. Let dry.

  5. Step 5

    To create beard on cookie, outline the area with white icing (see template). Draw several zigzags across entire surface of the outlined area. If necessary, use a toothpick to spread evenly. Using tweezers, add red hot candy to create a nose. Sprinkle beard with white sprinkles. Let dry.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December Winter 2008

Reviews (27)

  • 17 Dec, 2010

    White gel paste food coloring. Serious?

  • 27 Dec, 2008

    For all of you that are looking for the santa cookie cutter there is a set on ebay right now. That is your best bet to find them now they are hard to get. Good luck.

  • 26 Dec, 2008

    It would be soooooo nice not to have to click three times to get the recipe to print or to look at the ingredients in the recipe. What a waste of time!

  • 23 Dec, 2008

    to nbabich: you might have mixed the dough too much. stop mixing as soon as the flour looks mixed in; even a little undermixed Finish with your hands or spatula when you form the rounds before refrigerating.

  • 22 Dec, 2008

    The squirt bottles are available from Wilton. I bought a bucket of 18 (!!) bottles at Michaels for 12.99.

  • 21 Dec, 2008

    Does anyone know where to get those small squirt bottles that are being used for icing the cookies during this segment?

  • 20 Dec, 2008

    Just finished making the cookies. The decorations/icing looks great, however I'm not too thrilled about the cookie itself. I'm new to baking. The cookie was tough. Any suggestions? My cat knocked one cookie on the floor and it broke into pieces.

  • 16 Dec, 2008

    Hi all, just noticed someone is selling the cookie cutters on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem

  • 16 Dec, 2008

    Folks, the santa cutters are definately at macy's, but they have been hard to find. I live in Chicago, and the store at old orchard in skokie had only noah's arch and alphabet cutters. I do, however, work downtown, so I went to the state street store today and found a bunch of the santa cutters. They are in a set of 6, sticker price is 9.99 but they are on sale at 50% off. I only paid a little over $5 with tax. My advice for the person who lives far----try using the store locator on their website to find the number for the state street store and see if they will ship a set to you. The sku # is 2308-1463 "holiday cookie cutter set". If not, shoot me an email at ktdolphin74@gmail.com and I'll see how I can help u.

  • 15 Dec, 2008

    These cookies are so cute that i felt bad for eating them. I couldn't find the cookie cutter anywhere, so I had to make do, and just trace the paper template onto the dough with a knife. it's easy but you have to make sure the dough is COLD or else it looks like crap

  • 13 Dec, 2008

    I just bought a set of rolling pin bands at KingArthurFlour.com They are the best tool when rolling dough of any kind to a specific thickness. Used them when I made my gingerbread house and they worked like a charm.

  • 13 Dec, 2008

    I love Martha, love the cookies, but I am so disappointed that I can't buy these cookie cutters online. I live 200 miles away from the nearest Macys and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

  • 12 Dec, 2008

    (from my previous submission)...

  • 12 Dec, 2008

    The cookie cutters are available at Macy's stores in the Martha Stewart Collection area, at least that is the only place I have seen them! They come in a box of 5-6 Christmas/holiday themed cookie cutters and if your local Macy's doesn't have anymore, maybe you could ask them to check another store to see if they are carrying it.

    I have seen the rolling pin thickness bands for sale at Bed Bath

  • 12 Dec, 2008

    i HAVE LOOKED ON LINE AND CALLED A MACY'S STORE TO GET THE COOKIE CUTTER FOR THE SANTA AND CAN NOT FIND IT, ANY SUGGESTIONS? LINDA GERIG IN mICHIGAN

  • 12 Dec, 2008

    Where do you buy the bands that go on the ends of the rolling pin to determine the dough thickness??

  • 12 Dec, 2008

    Went to the website and they are not there. Is there another place to buy them? Please help.

  • 12 Dec, 2008

    You may want to try making a funnel out of wax paper to fill the bottles, or put the icing into a plastic bag, snip the corner and squeeze into the bottle. Just a suggestion.

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    They're in the Martha Stewart Collection Holiday Cookie Cutters available at Macy's.

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Any tips on how to fill the bottles quickly with as little waste

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    I looked online at the Macy's website for the Santa cookie cutter shapes, but could not find them.

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    I'm looking for a Santa cookie cutter like the one used on the show. Any ideas of where to look for one?

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    These cookies are adorable!! Yummy!
    You can also get the squirt bottles at Michael's or ACMoore shops.

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Thank You!

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Dumb question, but I am a guy who never bakes. I would like to surprise some people with these santa cookies but need directions on the cookie itself. Can anyone tell me where to find the directions on the dough and baking instructions?

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    You can find them in the cake decorating section of a craft store. They are usually used for chocolate making.

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Where does she get the little squirt bottles that were used on the show?