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Santa Face Sugar Cookies
Work Time
1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins

Santa Face Sugar Cookies will be the favorite at the cookie swap this year~

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: royal icing, Santa Face Sugar Cookies
Yield: 18 Cookies
Calories: 193 kcal
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 recipe Royal Icing
  • Gel paste food coloring
  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; set aside. In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, 3 min. Beat in yolks and vanilla. Add flour mixture and combine. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, chill 2 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Roll dough to ¼ inch thick on a floured surface. Cut using a 2-by-3½-inch raindrop cutter to cut 18 cookies. Use a 1½-inch round cutter to cut 18 cookies. Place drops and circles on separate baking sheets. Cut each circle in half and separate. (Dough scraps can be re-rolled up to 2 times.)Bake cookies until just golden, about 15 min for drops, about 10 min for cut circles. Cool completely.
  3. Color ⅔ cup Royal Icing red and ¼ cup each pink and blue and place in pastry bags with tips. Fill another pastry bag with 1¼ cup white icing.
  4. Ice tops of drop cookies with red icing and bottoms and all half-circles with white icing. Allow icing to set, about 30 min. Adhere half circles to drop cookies with icing to form a mustache. Pipe hat trim and tip with white icing. Pipe eyes and nose with blue and pink icing. Allow icing to set completely, at least 3 hrs.
Recipe Notes

There are so many things that make these Santa face cookies special. The little blue eyes and pink nose give Santa's face a little sweet personality. The up-turned mustache helps Santa smile, and they are perfect for packing up in cellophane bags for party favors or gifts. Because the royal icing sets, it won't smear or rub off once the cookies are dry.

Nutrition Facts
Santa Face Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 35mg2%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.