I always try to have a few easy recipes this time of year that just about everyone can help out with around here. Even some of our smallest members around here get to help with these, and it’s such a fun time spent together! These jolly Santa cookies are the easy way to get a tasty, sweet, and slightly salty little cookie that they all love making, and definitely eating too.
One of my favorite things about these cookies is that they don’t have to be perfect. These easy Santa cookies recipe is perfect for kids because they actually come out even cuter if they all look a little different, and that makes them a perfect treat to make together. And I mean, who can resist cute little Santa Clause heads at Christmastime, am I right?!
Looking for more tasty holiday cookie recipes? Check out my traditional Christmas cookies quick links: Reindeer Cookies, Snowmen Cookies, Peppermint Crunch Cookie, and Turtle Cookies recipes.
How to Make These Santa Claus Cookies
- Begin by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or just use an un-greased cookie sheet. I prefer to use unbleached parchment paper, but any kind is fine!
- In a microwave-safe large bowl, melt three squares of your Almond Bark in the microwave for two minutes. Once melted, remove from the microwave and stir until smooth and even.
- Dip half of each of your Nutter Butter cookies in the melted Almond Bark to make Santa’s beard. When they are sufficiently fluffy, place each one on the prepared baking sheet. Pop them into the refrigerator and chill for ten minutes so that the Almond Bark sets or you can leave at room temperature for a hour.
- One the Almond bark is set (no longer runny and has firmed up), dip the other half of the cookie in the Almond Bark to make the little Santa hats. Then immediately dip the hat side into a bowl of your red sprinkles or red sugar. Be sure to leave a little white towards the center free of sprinkles to make the hat trim! If you want to use red icing, that could be an option too.
- Using a toothpick and your black decorative icing or piping bag filled with icing, draw a small mouth and two eyes onto each cookie. I like to make the little mouths off to the side in Santa’s beard, because I think having little smirking Santa Clauses is just the cutest thing
- Squeeze a dot of your white decorative icing sugar onto the top or the side of the hat to make the pom pom of Santa’s hat! I like to do a little of both to make them each unique.
- Serve and enjoy these little Santas! We enjoy with a glass of milk or displayed on a cookie plate for Christmas Eve. Store you leftover cookies in an airtight container.
I love that this recipe takes all dry ingredients without having to heat oven to a certain degree! This small batch of cookies will be done in no time with the easiest list of ingredients!
- Nutter Butter Cookies – These cookies are what serve as our Santa Clause base! And they are what make this such an easy recipe, and they can be found at just about any store. If you’re not familiar with Nutter Butters, they are little peanut-shaped sandwich cookies consisting of two peanut butter cookies with a sweet peanut butter cream filling. If you can’t find them, you can make your own, or substitute with golden Oreos, but they will change the look and flavor a bit! You’ll need 10 for this recipe.
- Almond Bark – Almond Bark is quite a bit like chocolate, but is made with vegetable fats and flavoring. It melts and covers things so well! We like to use the vanilla-flavored kind. If you aren’t a fan of Almond Bark, you can for sure use white chocolate instead or even white frosting! They will be just as delicious and still give the perfect texture. You’ll need three squares.
- Red Sprinkles – You can have Christmas without sprinkles, am I right?! Any brand of red sprinkles will work for these cookies, as long as they are a fine consistency to cover well. You could also use red decorating frosting if you don’t want to mess with sprinkles.
- Decorative Icing – Decorative Icing (sometimes called Fondant) is a thicker, more pliable type of icing that is great for drawing and details in baking. This type of Decorative Icing even comes in little tubes that you can squeeze right out and create your design, and are available at most grocery stores. You’ll need both black and white decorative icing for these cookies.
- 10 Nutter Butter Cookies
- 3 squares Almond bark melting chocolate
- Red sprinkles
- Black decorative icing
- White Decorative icing
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt 3 squares of Almond Bark in the microwave for two minutes. Stir until smooth.
- Dip half of each cookie in the melted almond bark and place on the baking sheet. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set almond bark.
- Once set, dip the other half of the cookie in the melted almond bark and dip in the sprinkles. Be sure to leave a little white showing for the hat trim.
- Using a toothpick and black icing draw a small mouth and two eyes on each cookie.
- Squeeze and white dot of icing sugar on the top or side of the hat.
- You can use white chocolate chips or candy melts instead of almond bark