Christmas Santa Cookies

Santa's favorite cookies, are these simple and delicious Christmas Santa Cookies. They are the best chewy and soft cookies, with so much delicious flavor. The bright holiday colors, add the most perfect touch. You will love these, and Santa will too.


The best part about the holiday’s has got to be the food. All self control goes out the window at Christmas time, especially when we make our favorite Christmas Santa Cookies.

These are Santa’s favorite recipe. They are easy to make, and the perfect Christmas gift for neighbors, parties, or to leave for Santa and his reindeer.

They are full of sweet sugary goodness, and are so festive for any holiday get together.

The cookies are also so soft and chewy. These really are the best cookies, and Santa approved.

what could i use in place of shortening and margarine

If you had to replace one or the other, I would recommend you replace the margarine with butter.

The shortening is what is really going to make these cookies soft, and chewy, and give them the better taste.

The margarine also plays a factor in this, but butter would also work.

should I save some m&m’s to press in?

You could save some M&M’s to press into the cookies after you roll them into balls, and before baking. They don’t break apart when you bake them, and they will dye the cookie a little bit either way.

For these cookies, I did not press the M&M’s in before baking, and they turned out great. This is a simple recipe, and doesn’t require any extra work, or garnishing.

how big should i roll the cookie dough balls?

It depends on how many cookies you need, and how you prefer your cookies. to get 2-3 dozen, I recommend 1 inch balls.

If you make them any bigger than 1 inch balls, I recommend increasing the time by two to three minutes, or until the bottoms are golden and the edges show the slightest hint of being golden.

To check my cookies, I usually pull the rack out with my oven mitt and use a spatula to life up the cookie from the pan, just the slightest bit, and see if the bottoms are just a dark golden brown.

That’s how I know they are ready to come out, and they turn out perfectly every time.

If you increase the time, be sure to check on them, and set small timer increments.

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Serves: 48

Christmas Santa Cookies

15 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Holiday M&M's


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium large bowl combine shortening, margarine, sugar, brown sugar and cream together until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs, and vanilla and mix until fully combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until the dough is formed and a good thickness.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips and M&Ms.
  6. Roll into 1 inch balls
  7. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until the bottom is golden.



7691 cal


383 g


956 g


87 g
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11 Responses to “Christmas Santa Cookies”

    • Generally, it's best to follow the recipe as written, at least the first time. You can usually substitute margarine, shortening and butter interchangeably, but you will get different results. I always use butter in cookie recipes like this, but I chill the dough before I work with it--I live in Miami, where the humidity on a dry day is 70%, so I have found that margarine and shortening make the cookies spread way too much. Butter, when chilled first, holds its shape better during baking. Good luck!
  1. The m&m's are not mentioned anywhere in the directions. Are they mixed into the dough with the chips, or are they pressed onto the cookies before baking? From the photos, I'm guessing they are pressed onto the cookies instead of being mixed in--I think that they would be broken up. I love the look of these cookies!

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