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

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These Santa cookies are so adorable, so tasty and great to make with your kids! With their buttery flavor, chocolate eyes and frosted beards, they’ll stand out at any Festive party. Hands down the yummiest Christmas cookies to come down your chimney!

Buttery santa cookies

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.

Santa Cookies with a fluffy white beard

How To Make Santa Cookies – Step By Step

Roly Poly Santa Cookie Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Beat the butter on high for 30 seconds. Add sugar, beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Beat in milk and vanilla.
  • Gradually add flour.
  • Remove 1 cup of dough and set aside. Mix red food coloring in the remaining dough. Make one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls from the red dough.
  • From the plain dough, make a 3/4-inch ball and four 1/4-inch. Attach them by pushing the dough together, as the picture shows. Add the chocolate chips for the eyes and three buttons.
  • After the Santas are assembled on a cookie sheet, bake them for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes.

Recipe for frosting:

  • Beat shortening and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add powdered sugar and enough milk to make frosting piping consistency.
  • 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!
Santa Cookie shaped at santa made with chocolate chip eyes, red hot nose and fluffy white frosting for a beard.

Santa Cookies Are Perfect To Make With Kids!

These charming Santa cookies are so eye-catching and tasty, and they’re also great fun to make with the kids! Because you can set up a little production line of parts, the kids have such fun assembling their little Santas, plus you get some help in the kitchen – bonus!

Roly Poly Santa Cookies on a plate

Perfect Christmas Party Cookies

These Santa cookies really stand out, yet they are straightforward to assemble (especially is you get the kids involved!). I love the level of detail achieved with these simple cookies, they have frosting, candy and chocolate. Not to mention super tasty – your guests will find them adorable!

Piping Frosting

A lovely touch to these Santa cookies is the frosting beard. If you’ve never frosted anything before, fret not, it’s really simple and quick once you get into the rhythm.

Get yourself a pastry bag, couplers and frosting tips, fill the bag with the frosting and you’re on your way. Try practicing a few strokes on the parchment paper before doing the beards, then frost away!

Top Tips For Santa Cookies

  • Make sure to add flour gradually to your cookie mix.
  • For the frosting, make sure you add enough milk to get the right consistency to pipe.
  • You can switch up the type of candy you use for buttons, get creative, and use your favorite little candies!

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Roly Poly Santa Cookie Recipe

Buttery, fat Santa cookies! These are the cutest Christmas cookies to add to your baking list!
4.34 from 15 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 Cookies
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

Roly Poly Santa Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • red food coloring
  • mini-chocolate chips, for eyes and buttons
  • Red Hots for nose

Recipe for frosting:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

Roly Poly Santa Cookie Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • 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.
  • Remove 1 cup of dough and set aside. Mix red food coloring in the remaining dough. Make a one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls from the red dough. From the plain dough, make a 3/4-inch ball and four 1/4-inch. Attach them by pushing the dough together, like picture shows. Add the chocolate chips for the eyes and three buttons. After the Santas are assembled on a cookie sheet, bake them for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes.

Recipe for frosting:

  • Beat shortening and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add powdered sugar and enough milk to make frosting piping consistency.
  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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16 thoughts on “Ho, Ho, Ho! Roly-Poly Santa Cookie Recipe”

  1. 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?

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    • 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!

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  2. 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?

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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….

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