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Decorated Santa Cookies

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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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Winter 2008

Ingredients

  • Royal Icing for Lovebug and One-Piece Cookies
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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  • litlacorns
    17 DEC, 2010
    White gel paste food coloring. Serious?
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  • mayb2bz4uqtpie
    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.
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  • sueneeb@gmail.com
    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!
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  • anniequinn
    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.
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  • greybunny
    22 DEC, 2008
    The squirt bottles are available from Wilton. I bought a bucket of 18 (!!) bottles at Michaels for 12.99.
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  • AnneAiello
    21 DEC, 2008
    Does anyone know where to get those small squirt bottles that are being used for icing the cookies during this segment?
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  • nbabich
    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.
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  • loughla
    16 DEC, 2008
    Hi all, just noticed someone is selling the cookie cutters on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem
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  • ktdolphin
    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.
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  • MS12566113
    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
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