Santa Sugar Cookies

These Sant Sugar Cookies are such a fun idea for Christmas. They are the best Christmas cookie recipe, you will come across. Also, these sugar cookies have a secret ingredient that make these sugar cookies moist and soft. You are going to love this recipe.

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without yummy cookies
Our family is full of sugar cookie junkies. Our cute mom saw some cute Santa cookies at a local restaurant and decided that she could easily make her own.
These cookies were a huge hit at our party and if you need a darling cookie for a cookie exchange, this is your go-to cookie.
Our mom makes a killer sugar cookie- they are incredibly soft and delicious (the secret ingredient- sour cream).
You can’t taste the sour cream, but it makes the cookies extremely moist and soft. You are going to love how easy this recipe is to make, and how perfectly they work out.

what could i use if i don’t have a circle cookie cutter?

If you don’t have a circular cookie cutter, that is a simple fix.

I just use a sharp edged cup to make my circles. You can make them as big or as little as you’d like.

You can also use a glass cup to roll out your dough if you don’t have a rolling pin.

what could i use instead of coconut, for santa’s beard?

I love coconut, but I understand that it isn’t for everyone. If you are looking for a coconut substitute, we have a few ideas for you.

-Piped frosting: This may take a little more time, but you could pipe on the white frosting just for the beard, so it looks different from the rest of the cookie.

His beard will look as realistic as you desire, depending on what you use to pipe it.

-Grated white chocolate: Again, this takes a little more time. I use my cheese grater, and grate white chocolate. It looks like little speckles, and makes a fabulous beard for Santa.

-White cotton candy: this can be a little difficult to find, but it is in some grocery stores, or on baking aisles.

-White sprinkles: white sprinkles are probably the fastest alternative, next to coconut shreds. I like to use the long skinny white ones. But any white sprinkle would work.

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Christmas Santa Cookies
Molasses Cookies
Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Serves: 40

Santa Sugar Cookies

50 minPrep Time

9 minCook Time

59 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup margarine, softened*
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups flour
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar (depending on how thick you like it)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • Santa Decorations:
  • Red sugar crystals (red Santa hat)
  • Chocolate chips  (eyes)
  • Cinnamon Red Hots candies (nose)
  • Mini marshmallows  (pom pom for hat)
  • shredded coconut  (beard)


  1. Mix margarine, eggs, and sugar until well blended.  Add baking powder, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and sour cream and stir well.  Add flour and gently combine.  If too sticky, add just a little more flour and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.  Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut with a circle cookie cutter (I used a 2 3/4 in diameter circle cookie cutter).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes (you don't want to overcook them!).
  2. Frosting:
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix well.  If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar and if it's too thick, add a little more milk.
  4. Assembly Instructions:
  5. Frost the cookie and immediately after, sprinkle the top third of the cookie with red sugar crystals (we held the edge of a little bowl to cover the rest of the cookie while we sprinkled the crystals on and it gave the hat a rounded edge). Next, sprinkle the bottom third of the cookie with coconut (and come a little up each edge to meet the hat) to make Santa's beard. If your frosting dried quickly, you can put a drop of water on your finger and spread it on the frosting- the coconut should stick perfectly after that. Place a marshmallow on the end of the hat, the chocolate chips for the eyes, and the red hot for Santa's nose.


*You can use butter, but the margarine makes them more soft and fluffy. The butter tends to make a flatter cookie.
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  1. These Santa cookies have been a tradition in my family since I was a little girl! We decorate them assembly line style- one person would do the frosting, then pass it to the coconut person, then on to the person with the red hot nose, etc. One of my favorite childhood memories!

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