Jolly Santa Treats That Deserve a Spot on the "Nice" List
If you’re looking for a no-bake Christmas dessert that still has plenty of Santa-theme spirit, look no further than these adorable strawberry treats. Slice off the top of each strawberry to make Santa’s hat, then scoop out some of the berry to make room for cheesecake cream. Use mini chocolate chips for eyes and add a little extra cream to decorate Santa’s suit and hat. This fresh dessert will be a welcome addition to any Christmas cookie plate.
Star Santa Almond Sugar Cookies
If your set of Christmas cookie cutters has a star but no Santa, that's OK! You can easily turn Christmas stars into bright red sledding Santa cookies. These almond sugar cookies are first glazed with bright red royal icing, and then the decorating fun begins. Use small black jelly beans to make Santa’s boots and a tiny red candy for his nose. Creamy colored frosting gives him a fluffy beard, a pointy hat, and cozy mittens.
Bell-Shape Santa Sugar Cookies
Bell-shape cookies are always a merry dessert during the holidays, but they’re also a great shape for Santa suit cookies. The top half of each cookie is the right shape for Santa’s round belly, while the bottom is a great imitation of the ruffles of his coat. Start with a base of red frosting topped with red decorating sugar, then add white fur trim, black buttons, and a wide black belt with a gold buckle (all made with different colors of creamy frosting!).
Make sure to add madeleine cookies to your holiday baking list if you haven’t already. These super-cute Santa cookies prove that intricate decorations are for more than just sugar cookie cutouts. If you have a variety of sprinkles and frosting tools on hand, you can make each one look different—try a simple Santa face made from frosting on one, then switch up the next one to create a Santa with a sprinkle-filled beard. The possibilities are endless!
If you’re not in the mood for a big frosting project when you’re making Christmas cookies, make these adorable roly-poly Santas this year. Even better, this Santa-shape cookie is one you can make without the assistance of a cookie cutter. Instead, these cute Santas take shape by rolling small balls of dough and squishing them together. Kids love to help with this Christmas cookie recipe!
Diamond-Shape Santa Sugar Cookies
These diamond-shape Santas are true works of cookie art. Before you bake the cookies, make Santa’s striped hat with red egg paint (just egg yolks, water, and food coloring). Then use white frosting to make a stripe for the hat band and dots for Santa’s beard. Sprinkle white jimmies on the hat band and use frosting to attach a white candy for the pom-pom on Santa’s hat and a red one for his nose.
Santa’s always watching—even in cake form! Using frosting and a few juicy strawberries, you can easily create this cute cake to share with everyone on your “nice” list. Start with your favorite frosted layer cake recipe, then use strawberries to make Santa’s hat, nose, and cheeks; frosting for his beard and the fur on his hat; and two small blue candies for his eyes. The only tricky part about making this cake is cutting into your decorations to serve it.
Teardrop Santa Almond Sugar Cookies
Save the leftover gumdrops and licorice from this year’s gingerbread house, because they can be handy for decorating cookies, too. White gumdrops and flat red licorice candies are the main sweets you’ll need to create Santa’s beard, hat, and bright red suit for this cute sugar cookie recipe. Use a few dabs of white frosting to keep the candies in place.
Triangle Santa Sugar Cookies
Your triangle cookie cutter is a great tool for a little creativity in making Santas with tall and pointy hats. This sugar cookie recipe encourages you to let your inner artist take control because instead of frosting, these Christmas cookies are decorated with festive egg paint. Paint on Santa's coat and hat on before popping your cookies in the oven, then finish off your decorations with a few sprinkles and touches of frosting once the cookies are cool.
Christmas Cake Pops
Make Santa’s suit in 3D with this easy Christmas cake pop recipe. Dip each cake pop in melted red candy coating, then decorate with white frosting buttons, a black frosting belt, and a yellow gumdrop buckle. If you don’t want your Santas to be lonely, you can also make a few reindeer cake pops and dapper snowmen to serve alongside him.
Half-Moon Santa Almond Sugar Cookies
These half-moon sugar cookies are a little smaller than most other Christmas cookies, so don’t feel bad about sneaking a second one off the dessert table. Half-moon cookies are also great for making jolly Santas with tall hats and flowing beards. To decorate these tasty almond sugar cookies, use red and white royal icing for Santa’s hat, then decorate the other half with swirls of white icing topped with sparkly sanding sugar.
Basic Santa Cutouts
These diamond Santas are as fun to eat as they are to decorate. A diamond cookie cutter gives these cookies their shape, but if you have a plan for decorating before you start baking them, you can make a few minor alterations before they go in the oven. For example, if you don’t want Santa’s hat to be a tall point, you can gently bend the tip of each diamond to the side to make it look a little droopier.
Santa Hat Cupcake
Craving cupcakes instead of Christmas cookies? Santa will be just as happy if you leave this treat for him on Christmas Eve in place of cookies. You can start with any cupcake recipe you like (or even store-bought cupcakes), then pile red frosting high with a mini marshmallow on top to make each one look like a cozy Santa hat.
You don’t always have to have holiday cookie cutters on hand to make Santa-theme cookies. Instead, use plain cookie cutters like triangles or diamonds to make Santas that are even more creative. Diamonds are great for a Santa face with a hat and beard, while triangle cookie cutters can be used to make a Santa seen from the side or even just a Santa hat. Use our decorating ideas for inspiration, but don’t be afraid to get creative—after all, you can eat any mistakes you make!
Bonus: Black Cherry Reindeer Cake
Where would Santa be without his trusty reindeer? You can serve up this Rudolph-inspired cake alongside your other Santa sweets if you need an extra taste of chocolate. This decadent devil’s food cake is topped with whipped cream, red and green maraschino cherries, and pretzel twists so each slice looks like a reindeer with a bright red nose.