Santa 4

It all started with a cookie cutter.  My sister’s mother-in-law had become known for making gorgeous Santas every year, and Kim wanted to learn how and carry on the tradition.  The cookie cutter was old and used so often an edge had broken off.  Our brother, Steve, an orthodontist, came to the rescue by making a brand new mold of Santa, thereby preserving the cookie cutter for many more years.  Even better, he made multiple molds.  Thousands of cookies later, Kim could decorate Santa in her sleep.   

Santa 1

Using red powdered food coloring, brush Santa’s nose and cheeks.  Pipe on the frosting as shown.

Santa 2

 

Santa 3

 

Santa 4

Isn’t he so darned cute?  Tuck him in a clear cellophane bag tied with a festive ribbon, and he’s ready to dazzle everyone at your holiday party.

Put him on a Christmas plate with a glass of milk beside it, and he’s sure to charm even the Jolly Old Man himself.

Kim with Santa

Thanks, Kim, for sharing your trademark cookie with us!

Santa Cookies

Ingredients

  • Sugar Cookie:
  • 2 sticks butter (not oleo)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • Cream butter, eggs and sugar. In separate bowl, whisk together salt and soda with 2 cups of flour. Add lemon juice, vanilla and rest of flour. Add to creamed sugar mixture. Form into a ball, cover and chill for about 2 hours.
  • Roll out and cut into shapes. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 360 degrees for ten minutes. Ovens vary, so adjust accordingly. Avoid brown edges. The bottoms should be pale.
  • Royal Icing
  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tb. meringue powder
  • 6 Tb. warm water
  • Beat 4 - 5 minutes.
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Note: This icing is outline consistency and not sweet like a butter cream icing. It dries beautifully and colors like a painter's palette. The surface will be smooth, not sticky.

Instructions

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I’m a wife to one, mom to four, grandmother to eight. . . and a romance novel writer! After publishing 14 western historical romances with traditional publishers, I self-published a contemporary romance before embarking on my new 1920s historical romantic suspense series, The Secret Six. Please do visit my website, www.pamcrooks.com, to learn more about my books, all available on Amazon as well as most other online booksellers.

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