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Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies ~ Santa Sugar Cookies just like Grandma used to bake! This holiday season bake these nostalgic lightly spiced and iced sugar cookies. The recipe is ideal for young bakers as the dough handles easily. Kids and adults alike LOVE them! Includes easy recipe for Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing. | classic Santa Claus Christmas cookie recipeJolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies just like Grandma used to bake! This holiday season bake these nostalgic yet tasty, lightly spiced and iced sugar cookies. The recipe is ideal for young bakers as the dough handles easily. Kids and adults alike LOVE them!

A Favorite Old-Fashioned Holiday Tradition:
Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies
with Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing

Our old-fashioned Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies are mildly spiced sugar cookies that are not overly sweet. They are slightly crisp but not hard and crunchy making them ideal for embossed or impression cookie cutters and molds. And, just to keep the nostalgia going, we used Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing for a nice decorating effect. The wet icing, whether tinted or not, is perfect for sprinkling on tinted sanding sugars for festive embellishments that bring back visions of old timey Christmases past. Jolly St. Nick never looked so good in a sugar cookie!

Our sugar cookie recipe, using Aunt Chick’s vintage reproduction Jolly Santa Cookie Cutter from the Merry Christmas Set to cut and shape them, as well as using Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing to decorate them, will have you cruising down Christmas memory lane so fast it will blow your hair back.

Oh! This is very important: To complete the “cruising down Christmas memory lane” experience, while you are baking these delightfully festive cookies, it is essential that you be playing Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: The Decca Christmas Recordings on CD. You will soon be rockin’ your vintage apron whilst be-bopping around the kitchen, singing aloud and creating Christmas memories for your family. What could be a better holiday baking experience?

Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies ~ Santa Sugar Cookies just like Grandma used to bake! This holiday season bake these nostalgic lightly spiced and iced sugar cookies. The recipe is ideal for young bakers as the dough handles easily. Kids and adults alike LOVE them! Includes easy recipe for Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing. | classic Santa Claus Christmas cookie recipe

This special Christmas cookie recipe is my very own creation which I developed back in 2008.  I made a ton of them that year to give away as little gifts tucked inside gift baskets and I have replicated the way I wrapped them for you to see (above).

Are you there yet? Are you traveling down Memory Lane of Christmases Past? I know you are! How could anyone not?

These Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies remind me of the old celluloid and, later, plastic Santa Claus decorations as well as the pins ladies wore at Christmastime. Remember? You would pull down on the string (usually with a tiny bell on the end) and Santa’s legs and arms would move making him wave whilst doing the jig. Too cute!

Such kitschy Christmas memories, no?

What makes our recipe for Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies wicked good?

The trip down Christmas Memory Lane is just one very good reason. They are such simple cookies to make because the dough handles easily and keeps their shape during baking. Also, children and adults alike adore these Santa cookies. Although these special sugar cookies are cute and festive as well as full of flavor, they are incredibly  ideal for gift-giving. However, the real reason these old-fashioned Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies are wicked good is because of the sheer Christmas joy they bring—just like the home-baked goodies from Grandma’s kitchen that you remember so well.

So, what are you waiting for? Whip up some “Christmas Cookie Joy” for your loved ones this holiday season with our old-fashioned recipe for Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies. You will be so glad you did.

Happy holiday baking!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

 

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Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies ~ Santa Sugar Cookies just like Grandma used to bake! This holiday season bake these nostalgic lightly spiced and iced sugar cookies. The recipe is ideal for young bakers as the dough handles easily. Kids and adults alike LOVE them! Includes easy recipe for Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing. | classic Santa Claus Christmas cookie recipe

Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies ~ Santa Sugar Cookies just like Grandma used to bake! This holiday season bake these nostalgic lightly spiced and iced sugar cookies. The recipe is ideal for young bakers as the dough handles easily. Kids and adults alike LOVE them! Includes easy recipe for Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing. | classic Santa Claus Christmas cookie recipe

Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies ~ Santa Sugar Cookies just like Grandma used to bake! This holiday season bake these nostalgic lightly spiced and iced sugar cookies. The recipe is ideal for young bakers as the dough handles easily. Kids and adults alike LOVE them! Includes easy recipe for Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing. | classic Santa Claus Christmas cookie recipe

 

Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies

Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies

Santa Sugar Cookies just like Grandma used to bake! This holiday season bake these nostalgic lightly spiced and iced sugar cookies. The recipe is ideal for young bakers as the dough handles easily. Kids and adults alike LOVE them!

Ingredients

  • For Jolly Santa Christmas Sugar Cookies
  • 4½ cups (540 grams) organic unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon organic ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated organic whole nutmeg
  • ½ cup (1 stick/113 grams) organic butter, softened
  • ½ cup (96 grams) organic palm shortening, such as Spectrum®
  • 1 cup (200 grams) organic granulated cane sugar
  • ½ cup (100 grams) firmly packed organic light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure almond extract
  • 3 large organic eggs (weighing about 150 grams w/o shells)
  • For Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing
  • 1 cup (120 grams) organic confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) whole milk or non-dairy milk such as almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) light agave syrup or pure cane golden syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) pure almond extract
  • For the Embellishments
  • Assorted natural food colorings, such as pink and red that we used
  • Naturally tinted sanding sugars, such as pink and red
  • Semisweet chocolate chips, for Jolly Santa’s “eyes”

Directions

Prepare the Cookies: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and spices. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening, sugars and extracts. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until well blended and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually beat in flour mixture, scraping down side of bowl as necessary, until fully incorporated. Dough will be soft and sticky. Divide dough into thirds and partially roll out between wax paper. Transfer to cookie sheets and chill in refrigerator until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, position oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 335ºF. (Yes, these cookies bake best between 325ºF. and 350ºF.) Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a floured surface or pastry cloth, roll out cookie dough. Flour cookie cutter each time before use and, with Aunt Chick’s Jolly Santa cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Place cutouts at least 1½ inches apart on prepared baking sheets and add chocolate chips for Jolly Santa’s “eyes” gently pressing into dough. Halfway through baking time, to ensure even browning, rotate baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back. Bake until edges are just starting to brown, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 3 to 5 minutes. Using a metal cookie spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies are ready to decorate when completely cooled. If necessary, store cookies in an airtight container until ready to decorate.

Prepare the Icing: In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth and creamy. Beat in syrup and almond extract until mixture is glossy. If sugar cookie icing is too thick, add a tiny bit more syrup. Divide icing into separate small prep bowls if using food colorings. Tint each bowl of icing as desired.

Decorate the Cookies: Ice and decorate with Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Icing. Paint cookies using a new, clean, fine food-safe paint brush for detail work. Embellish as desired with tinted sugars and allow to dry completely. I like to work on sheets of wax paper and then allow cookies to dry completely on wire racks.

Recipe Notes

Tips

For easy release of dough from cookie cutters, it is important to keep the dough chilled to prevent it from being too sticky to work with.

If the dough starts to stick to your cookie cutter, make sure the cutter is clean and dry as well as floured.

Due to different sizes of eggs, it may be necessary to work some extra flour into the cookie dough if it is too sticky to work with.

How to Measure All-Purpose Flour for this Recipe: This tip is provided for bakers who do not own a kitchen scale and will be measuring flour by volume rather than by weight. First, aerate flour by stirring it in the container. Then, simply spoon flour into measuring cup and level off the top with the straight edge of a metal icing spatula. (The straight edge of a knife from a flatware set can be used as well.) This should yield about 120 grams per 1 cup of flour. Use a sheet of wax paper as a liner on your work surface to measure flour so that the excess can easily be funneled back into flour bag or container.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Have you tried freezing the baked cookies (before decorations)? If so, how did they turn out? Thanks for the cute cookie inspiration!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Sarah! To answer your question… No, I have not tried freezing these particular baked cookies before decorating them. However, I have done so with other sugar cookie recipes and can speak from experience. If you do decide to freeze your cookies before thawing and decorating them, just keep in mind that the chocolate chip eyes of Santa may have a “chocolate bloom” on them after baking (heat), freezing (extreme cold) and thawing (moisture from condensation) which means a slight natural white coloration from the fat (cocoa butter) and/or sugar in the chocolate that may rise to the surface. The only concern here is appearance, of course, and nothing serious. To thaw the cookies to prepare them for decorating, keep them in their container (such as in large heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer food bags separating layers of cookies with wax paper). This way, most of the moisture from condensation during the thawing process will be left on the bag and not the cookies. Once thawed completely, your cookies will be ready to decorate. Once again, thank you for dropping by. I hope that I have answered your question thoroughly and completely. Meanwhile, happy holiday baking!

      • Brenda Livingston says:

        My mom froze these cookies every Christmas before she decorated them and they came out great year after year. Not only that, but they taste pretty good frozen too.

        • Hi there, Brenda! Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories of your mom freezing these cookies and that they turned out great year after year. My readers and I greatly appreciate your helpful tip. Thanks again for writing and… MERRY CHRISTMAS! 🙂

  2. I have this Santa cookie cutter. It is in a set of 6 holiday cutters my Mother bought in the 1940’s.
    I grew up making this Jolly Guy and this year I am going to get him out of the storage box so I can make a batch for my grandsons….
    Thank you for reminding me how special he is!!

    • Thank you for writing, Deb! Yes, that Jolly Santa molded cookie cutter is indeed a very special one. I’m so glad that my recipe and images over at Pinterest were nostalgic for you and served as a reminder to bake them this Christmas. Just think of the memories you will create for your grandsons this holiday season! Thanks again for stopping by, my friend. Warmest wishes to you and yours for a holiday season that is both merry and bright! And, happy Christmas cookie baking! 🙂

  3. crissy rogers says:

    where can I find this cookie cutter

    • Hi there, Crissy! In the second paragraph of the article, I provide a link to Aunt Chick’s. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday season!

  4. What adorable cookies, Stacy! I love all your detail work and Jolly Santa is the perfect cookie to spread some nostalgic Christmas cheer!

  5. So retro and Christmasy 🙂 I love these cookies. I don’t think I’d have the patience to make them personally but I appreciate how pretty they are.
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    • Thank you, Ali! These Jolly Santa Sugar Cookies are a family favorite and tradition. I hope you’ll try making them one day with the retro Christmas cookie cutters. By the way…loving your Cherry Shortbread Cookies and pinned them at Pinterest! 🙂 Happy holidays!

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