Diamond-Shape Santa Sugar Cookies

Diamond-Shape Santa Sugar Cookies
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
36 to 48 cookies


  • cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 recipe Egg Paint

  • red food coloring

  • black food coloring

  • white jimmies

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

  • 3 teaspoon milk

Egg Paint

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 drops water

  • Paste food coloring


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one dough portion at a time to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3-1/2- to 4-1/2-inch diamond-shape cookie cutter, cut out dough. Using a new, dry artist's paintbrush, create a hat by brushing half of each cutout with red-tinted Egg Paint, making stripes by alternating light and heavy strokes. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

To decorate:

  1. Using a decorating bag fitted with a medium round tip, pipe a strip for each hatband and dots for each beard with frosting-consistency white Powdered Sugar Icing. Sprinkle hatbands with white jimmies. Using a small round tip, pipe eyelashes with black-tinted piping-consistency Powdered Sugar Icing. Use frosting to attach red candy for nose and white candy on hat tip.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  1. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, vanilla or almond extract, and enough milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make icing drizzling consistency.

Egg Paint

  1. In a small bowl stir together egg yolk and water. Stir in paste food coloring to make a paint of desired color. Brush paint on cookies before baking so the egg mixture cooks fully.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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