Ho, Ho, Ho! Roly-Poly Santa Cookie Recipe


These Roly Poly Santa Cookies are the cutest of the cookie bunch! They’re buttery and delicious and you’ll almost feel bad for eating their legs and head, but you won’t regret it once you have a taste! Below is the recipe to make these little guys and you can find a video here! Enjoy!

Roly-Poly Santa Cookie Recipe


Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • red food coloring
  • mini chocolate chips (for eyes and buttons)
  • Red Hots for nose


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk


Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

  2. Beat the butter on high for 30 seconds. Add sugar, beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour.

  3. Remove 1 cup of dough and set aside. Mix red food coloring in the remaining dough. 

  4. Make a one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls from the red dough. 

  5. From the plain dough, make a 3/4-inch ball and four 1/4-inch. 

  6. Attach them by pushing the dough together, like picture shows. 

  7. Add the chocolate chips for the eyes and three buttons.

  8. After the Santas are assembled on a cookie sheet, bake them for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes.


  1. Beat shortening and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in mixer for 30 seconds. 

  2. Gradually add powdered sugar and enough milk to make frosting piping consistency.

  3. Spoon frosting into a decorating bag and use a medium, star tip to pipe the Santa’s beard, hat and add the nose! Voila, you have a charming little cookie!

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21 responses to Ho, Ho, Ho! Roly-Poly Santa Cookie Recipe

  1. December 21, 2010

    these are adorable! and actually look doable. =) i might attempt. thanks! =)

  2. December 21, 2010

    I can’t wait to make these!!!

  3. these look sooo yummy and cute! love em!

  4. December 22, 2010

    these are so freakin’ cute! have a wonderful christmas, eden!

  5. katy
    April 19, 2012

    What type of shortening do you use? Vegetable?

  6. April 20, 2012

    I used Crisco shortening 🙂

  7. Shen
    May 15, 2012

    These are adorable! I made these for christmas this year, everyone loved them!

    I did however end up having a bit of a fight with the handheld beater however, in which my fingers came off considerably worse, that’ll teach me not to unplug it whilst scraping off the beaters….

  8. December 6, 2012

    Adorable! How many does this recipe make?

  9. Elise
    December 8, 2013

    I want to make these for a Christmas Cookie exchange! But I need 4 dozen, how many does this recipe make? Thanks!!!

    1. Eden
      December 8, 2013

      Hi! about 10-12 cookies, but it really depends on how big you’re making them!! They’re super cute and I’m sure will be a hit at your Christmas Cookie Exchange!

      1. Elise
        December 12, 2013

        I made these for my exchange and everybody was amazed! Thanks so much for the inspiration! The first ones I made turned out to be about 6 inches tall, but then I just halved everything and ended up with more than 48 from 1.5 batches of the dough.

        1. Eden
          December 12, 2013

          Yay!!! LOve hearing that!! XOXO

          1. Elise
            December 4, 2015

            Making them again for this year’s exchange – by popular demand!!

          2. Eden
            December 7, 2015

            Yay!! Love hearing that Elise!!!

  10. Karen Howard
    November 5, 2014

    These cookies are cute. They seem like we would be able to color the dough any color we want & mold it into any shapes we want as well.The possibilities are endless! Elves, Reindeer, Angels,Stockings,Bells, Hearts, Stars,Ornaments, Candy Canes,Etc.Wow!

    1. Eden
      November 5, 2014

      You’re right! The possibilities are endless!! Love the reindeer and elf idea!

  11. Sara P
    December 20, 2014

    I could not get my Santa’s to stay together after baking. I let them cool completely before moving them but the arms and legs keep falling off when I move them. What is wrong?

  12. Blondie
    December 21, 2014

    These did not work at all. Didn’t you forget to add eggs to the dough? They fell apart and also were too flat/spread out in baking. I’ve been baking for 42 years so I’m not exactly a novice… what do you suggest?

    1. Eden
      December 23, 2014

      There are no eggs in this recipe. You have to push the dough close together on the cookie sheet, then let them bake and cool completely before moving them. They are delicate, but they should stick together. We’ve been making these for years and they’re always turn out really cute!

  13. December 13, 2015

    like this santa cookie recipe and design. I am going to make this

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