Santa Claus Sugar Cookies

I’ve used this recipe for almost 40 years and love it because it’s a little different than most. My mom always made Santa cookies, and we’d put them into little clear bags tied with ribbon to hang on the tree.

Santa Claus Sugar Cookie
Serves 48
I've used this recipe for almost 40 years and love it because it's a little different than most. My mom always made Santa cookies, and we'd put them into little clear bags tied with ribbon to hang on the tree.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
FROSTING
  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  3. 2-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 6-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  6. Optional decorations: red colored sugar, miniature semisweet chocolate chips and Red Hots
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. Santa-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Pipe onto cookies and decorate as desired. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Notes
  1. Recipe Courtesy of Taste of Homes.
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