Jolly 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?
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!
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- 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”
TipsFor 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. Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.