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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
Decorated Santa Cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Winter 2008

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. 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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