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Roly-Poly Santa Claus Sugar Cookies

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“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