Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

Each cookie is made of 11 tiny balls of dough. Press the balls of dough against each other as you flatten them, so they wont separate after baking.

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Makes:
12 servings
Prep:
40 mins
Bake:
12 mins to 15 mins 325°F
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Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

Ingredients
1
cup butter (no substitutes)
1/2
cup sugar
1
tablespoon milk
1
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4
 
Red paste food coloring
 
Miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2
cup shortening
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/3
cups sifted powdered sugar
1
tablespoon milk
 
Milk
 
Red cinnamon candies

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in 1 tablespoon milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. With a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Remove 1 cup of the dough. Stir red paste food coloring into remaining dough to make desired color.
  2. Shape each Santa by making one 3/4-inch ball and four 1/4-inch balls from plain dough. From red dough, shape one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls. Flatten the 1-inch red ball on an ungreased cookie sheet until 1/2 inch thick. Attach plain 3/4-inch ball for head and flatten until 1/2 inch thick. Attach four 1/2-inch red balls for arms and legs. Shape remaining 1/2-inch red ball into a hat. Place plain 1/4-inch balls at ends of arms and legs for hands and feet. Add chocolate pieces for eyes and buttons.
  3. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small mixing bowl beat the shortening and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add 1-1/3 cups of the powdered sugar, mixing well. Add 1 tablespoon milk. Gradually beat in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar and enough milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make a frosting of piping consistency.
  5. Spoon frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a medium star tip. Pipe mustache, beard, band on hat, and pompom. For nose, attach a cinnamon candy with a small dab of frosting. Makes 12 cookies.
  6. Make-Ahead Tip:
  7. Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or store undecorated cookies in freezer up to 1 month. Thaw and decorate as above.

Nutrition Facts

(Roly-Poly Santa Cookies)
    Per serving:
  • 418 kcal cal.,
  • 25 g fat
  • (13 g sat. fat,
  • 44 mg chol.,
  • 168 mg sodium,
  • 46 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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