Santa Sugar Cookies

These Santa Sugar Cookies are such a fun idea for Christmas. They are our favorite sugar cookie recipe. They have a secret ingredient that makes them moist and soft. You are going to love this recipe, and no fancy cookie cutter is needed!

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without delicious sugar cookies. Our family is full of sugar cookie junkies.

Our cute mom saw some 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.

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

We used a circle cookie cutter that was about 3 inches in diameter. If you don’t have a circular cookie cutter, that is a simple fix.

The top of a glass from your kitchen cupboard works great. You want it to be thin. We used a glass cup and it gives it a clean and sharp cut.

A glass that is smooth on all sides could also double as a rolling pin if you don’t have one.

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

We love coconut, but  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 – Grate a white chocolate bar with a cheese grater. It will make a great Santa beard.
  • White cotton candy – Cotton candy is sometimes difficult to find, but is often on the candy aisle. Also on Amazon.
  • 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 will work.

how to make santa sugar cookies

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, sugar, and eggs until well blended.
  2. Add in baking powder, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and sour cream and stir well. Fold in flour and gently combine.
  3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutter or glass.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes.
  5. In another bowl combine all of the frosting ingredients together and set aside.
  6. Frost the cookie with the white frosting. Sprinkle the top 1/3 of the cookie with red sprinkles. (use the edge of a bowl as a guide to give it a rounded edge)
  7. Sprinkle the coconut on the bottom 1/3 of the cookie and a little up each side until it meets the red hat sprinkles.
  8. Place a mini marshmallow on the end of his hat, 2 chocolate chips for eyes, and a red hot for his nose.

If you like these sugar cookies, we have some more delicious recipes you might enjoy. These Soft Vanilla Cookies are another family favorite.



helpful items used in making Santa cookies

  1. Rolling Pin – We love this rolling pin. It has a non stick surface.
  2. 3 Piece Circle Cookie Cutters – These cookies cutters in 3 sizes can be used for many purposes.
  3. Cookie Sheet – 2 pack half sheet cookie pans.
  4. Mixing Bowl Set – 3 piece set in graduating sizes.

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looking for more Christmas Cookie recipes? Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Cake Mix Christmas Cookies
  2. Chocolate Reindeer Cookies
  3. Christmas Santa Cookies
  4. Soft Egg Nog Cookies
  5. Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Serves: 40

Santa Sugar Cookies

50 minPrep Time

9 minCook Time

59 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups flour
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup red sugar crystals (for hat)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips  (eyes)
  • 48 cinnamon red hots candies (nose)
  • 48 mini marshmallows  (for hat)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (beard)


  1. Mix butter, sugar, and eggs until well blended. 
  2. Add baking powder, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and sour cream and stir well. 
  3. Add flour and gently combine.  If too sticky, add just a little more flour and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. 
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut with a circle cookie cutter (I used a 2 3/4 - 3 inch diameter circle cookie cutter). 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes (you don't want to overcook them!).
  6. Frosting
  7. 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.
  8. Assembly Instructions
  9. Frost the cookie and immediately after add the sprinkles to 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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 margarine in the cookie, we often use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup margarine.
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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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