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Santa Sugar Cookies

Retro Santa Sugar CookiesHow cute are these cookies? I think they were my favorite Christmas cookie that I made this year.  They taste amazing and they are SO cute! They look much harder than they actually are- really it’s just a sugar cookie dough, spiced lightly with some orange zest, cut into a Santa face and then painted with food coloring and sprinkled with sugar.

Retro Santa Sugar Cookies

You can find a similar cookie cutter on Amazon.

For the hat, I used undiluted red food color (I don’t worry about red dye #40 when I’m in the Christmas spirit.)  I painted it on with a paint brush.  For the eyes, nose, and mouth, I used a Wilton edible marker (which is also just food coloring) . You could also just use a paintbrush and red and black food coloring.  For the pink cheeks, I used a paint brush and red food coloring diluted with water to make it pink.

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For the white parts, I brushed them lightly with egg wash and I sprinkled them with sanding sugar.  And that was that!

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Before baking

These are so yummy and festive.  Give them a try!

  1. 1 1/3 cups Butter
  2. 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  3. 1teaspoon Grated Orange Or Lemon Zest
  4. 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  5. 2 Eggs
  6. 3 Tablespoons Milk
  7. 4 cups Flour
  8. 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  1. red food coloring, and small paint brush
  2. red and black edible markers or food coloring
  3. egg wash (1 egg + 3 tablespoons water, whisked together)
  4. sanding sugar
  1. Cream butter, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla thoroughly. Add in egg and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together, then blend into cream mixture, alternating with the milk. Divide dough in half and place each half in a plastic bag to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  3. Roll out dough into a 1/3 inch sheet. Cut out shapes and place onto a parchment lined cookie sheets.
  4. Paint and decorate your Santa faces as described above.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 6-8 minutes. Do not allow the cookies to brown.

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