Roly-Poly Santa Claus Cookies

“Santa Claus is coming to town!” Made with a soft sugar cookie dough, and decorated with a fluffy sweet whipped cream cheese buttercream. By far the cutest cookies to ever go on a Christmas cookie platter, and so delicious!

Cute right? 

These cookies are a part of our Christmas series where we turn Christmas songs into our favorite desserts! These jolly little fellows are inspired by the song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town!” An oldie but a goodie! So far, this series has been so much fun, and a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

We have seen many bloggers over the years making these, so this year we decided to try them, and we couldn’t be happier! They are SO sweet and taste honestly even better than they look! Ok, so once you have it all shaped, they won’t look very pretty, but while baking, they puff up a lot! And once you pipe on the frosting, they’ll be fab!

Step-By-Step Video:


So once you have the red dough and plain dough separated and done, start rolling the balls! For each Santa, you’ll need:

With the Red dough:

-a 1 inch ball (for the body)

-5, 1/2 inch balls (for arms, legs, and hat)

With the Plain Dough:

-a 3/4 inch ball (for the head)

-5, *a bit smaller* 1/2 inch balls (for hands, feet, and pom-pom for the hat)

*They don’t need to be measured exactly, just as long as they are roughly the same size.


Baking is pretty straightforward, all you need to do is bake them at 350 degrees for 12 minutes! They also puff up a ton in the oven, so make sure they are spaced about an inch apart on the baking sheet.

Tips and Tricks:

-When rolling and shaping the dough, we recommend that you chill the dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes, that way it’s easier to shape them.

-Place the chocolate upside down, so the flat side up for a prettier presentation!

-For piping the frosting, we used a 21 Wilton tip.

-Use gel food coloring. Gel has a more intense and vibrant color, rather than normal food coloring.

-Make sure each of the pieces is attached, so after baking, they don’t fall apart.

There we go! Now they are complete and ready to serve! Everybody will love them!

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Roly-Poly Santa Claus Sugar Cookies


“Santa Claus is coming to town!” Made with a soft sugar cookie dough, and decorated with a fluffy sweet whipped cream cheese buttercream. By far the cutest cookies to ever go on a Christmas cookie platter, and so delicious!


For Santa Cookies:

-1 cup softened butter

-1/2 cup white sugar

-3 tsp. vanilla extract

-1 large egg

-2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

-1/2 tsp. salt

-3 tsp. red food gel

For the Frosting:

-1/2 cup softened butter

-2 0z. cream cheese, softened

-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

-1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 3 tsp. vanilla extract. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth, about 4 minutes.

2. To that, crack in 1 large egg and continue beating.

 3. Add 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Beat until a soft dough forms.

4. Now, transfer about 1 cup of the dough to a separate bowl, and save for later.

5. To the remaining dough, add about 3 tsp. red food gel. You may need to add more to get a vibrant red color.

6. Now it’s time to roll out the balls! For each Santa from the red dough, you will need to roll out: a 1-inch ball (for the body), and 5, 1/2 inch balls (for the arms, legs, and hat).

7. From the plain dough, for each Santa, you’ll need: a 3/4 inch ball (for the head), 5 *a bit smaller* 1/2 inch balls (for the hands feet, and pom-pom for the hat). They don’t need to be perfect, as long as they’re roughly the same size.

8. Once all of the Santas are shaped, bake them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let cool.

9. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting. Combine 1/2 cup softened butter, 2 oz. cream cheese, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

 10. Beat that then add in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar.

 11. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag, and pipe onto your cooled cookies! Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 35 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 150

Keywords: santa cookies, roly poly santa cookies, sugar cookies, christmas cookies

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