From class parties to the big cookie exchange to family fun on Christmas Eve, I know Santa cookies will fall somewhere on my list of things to do this holiday season!

how to make santa cookies

You (and your child) can make these cute Santa cookies in no time at all.  And with just a few ingredients, Santa might be knocking on your door early to see just how you made them!

Nutter Butter Santa Cookies


1 package  Nutter Butter Cookies
1 package of White Chocolate Wafers or Melts
1 tube of white Decorator Icing
1 tube of red Decorator Icing
1 tube of black Decorator Icing (or you can use black gel)

*If you’d like to make Royal Icing to replace the Decorator Icing, see below for recipe.



Start by lining a cookie sheet or your work surface with wax paper.

Using a double boiler, melt the white chocolate wafers according to package directions.

Dip the bottom half of  each Nutter Butter cookie into the melted white chocolate, then lay on the wax paper to dry.

how to make santa cookies

Following the pictures below as a guide, use the red icing to create a half circle, representing Santa’s hat.
how to make santa cookies
Allow the cookie to completely dry before moving on to the next steps, referring to the picture below for clarification.

Finish your cookie by adding a red dot of icing for the nose.

With the white icing, add a “fuzzy ball” to the top of Santa’s hat, then a brim across the lower part of his hat.  Then, add a mustache just below the red nose.  (You don’t want to do this first, because it’s okay if the mustache covers the nose a little.)

Add two small black icing dots for the eyes, and enjoy!

how to make santa cookies


Royal Icing Ingredients: 
2 egg whites
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
Red  & black gel food coloring

Royal Icing Directions:

-Separate the egg yolk from the whites. putting only the egg whites into a mixing bowl.
-Stir in the sugar, cream of tarter and vanilla to the egg whites.
-Beat on medium for 6 minutes.
-If the icing has the appearance of  soup or is yellow in color add more powder sugar, up to 1 cup.
-Separate into three bowls and color with food coloring.
-Add each icing to piping bags for decorating.

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