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Santa Claus Cookies

Store-bought peanut butter sandwich cookies become jolly Santas with white chocolate, colored sugar, mini chips and red-hot candies. —Mary Kaufenberg, Shakopee, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + standing Cook: 5 min.
  • Makes
    32 cookies


  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 package (1 pound) Nutter Butter sandwich cookies
  • Red colored sugar
  • 32 vanilla or white chips
  • 64 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 32 Red Hots candies


  • In a microwave, melt white chocolate at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  • Dip one end of each cookie into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wire racks. For Santa's hat, sprinkle red sugar on top part of chocolate. Press one vanilla chip off-center on hat for pompom; let stand until set.
  • Dip other end of each cookie into melted chocolate for beard, leaving center of cookie uncovered. Place on wire racks. With a dab of melted chocolate, attach semisweet chips for eyes and a Red Hot for nose. Place on waxed paper until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 117 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Queenlalisa
    Dec 14, 2020

    These are so cute and easy. Been making them with my kids for years.

  • Natasha
    Dec 30, 2017

    I totally love these. They take some time - but so cute! Thank you :)

  • mkaskela
    Dec 9, 2015

    My 1st grader and I made these and they turned out super cute.

  • puffybloomers
    Feb 26, 2014

    they are a good project to make with the kids

  • valanddansmith
    Oct 23, 2013

    Love these! They are so cute and not too hard to make either!

  • jaransom
    Apr 9, 2013

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  • momof29
    Feb 11, 2012

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  • Clownsgirl
    Dec 20, 2011

    These have been a Christmas tradition for the past 7 years. We make several children's batches with red M&M noses and a couple adult batches with cinnamon candies. They're always the first treats to disappear!

  • Kimaui
    Dec 19, 2011

    I used 1lb Almond Bark for two pkgs of cookies on the white part. I also used a mini M&M for the nose but put it on the top of the white beard. I used a toothpick to put sqiggly lines in the beard. Fun but puttsy.

  • knich01
    Dec 1, 2011

    I've made these for two years for my Primary class at church. Once for 4yr olds, then 5yr olds and this year will be for 6yr olds, They love them and they are so easy to make just the amount you need. I did use the almond bark dipping coating instead of the chocolate since it was easier to find and this year I'm using red M&M baking bits instead of the red hots, since none of the children liked those. Everyone looks forward to them.