I’ve been making Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookies every year since I was newly married (36 years ago). And before that, it was my favorite Christmas cookie as a child. It’s the cookie that brings back the most wonderful holiday memories for our sons and me, and it’s the cookie that we all still consider one of our very favorite Christmas food traditions.
This recipe for Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookies is one I originally shared on my blog back in December of 2010. While the recipe has remained virtually unchanged, I thought it was time for a few updated photos (as you’ll notice from the photo below from 2010) and the addition of helpful printable recipe card (which you can find at the bottom of this post).
The ingredients you’ll need to make Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookies are; brown sugar, granulated white sugar, butter flavored Crisco (butter may be substituted, but the cookies won’t have quite the same texture), egg, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and red and green decorating sugars.
My mom got this recipe from our neighbor, Mrs. Rogers, back when I was a kid. The way I remember these cookies being made was they were rolled in white granulated sugar. Mrs. Rogers called them sugar cookies, and it was obvious why. However, after I got my hands involved in making these cookies and added the red and green sugar touch, they soon became known as Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookie.
*Note – Christmas memories and traditions start here. Keep scrolling if you’d rather just get to the recipe already. Don’t worry, you won’t hurt my feelings! 😉
When we got married, and Mark and I started our own family, there were certain traditions I wanted to continue from when I was a little girl and hopefully pass along to our two boys. These cookies were one of the things I incorporated throughout the years to fondly rekindle my joyous Christmas memories. I am happy to report that our boys (now grown) feel exactly the same way about these cookies as I did, and still do to this day. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookies.
Some of our favorite times spent eating Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookies was during Christmastime at the zoo when the boys were little. We’d bundle everybody up, hop in the car and go to the Brookfield or Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago along with a thermos of hot chocolate and a bunch of candy canes. There was something magical about walking among all the twinkling white lights, visiting the zoo animals, and munching on these tasty cookies feeling all safe, snug, and happy. It warms my heart just thinking about those times.
Or there were the times (many of them) that we’d grab a blanket, a tin of these cookies, more hot chocolate, and then jump in the car and drive around the different communities in our area looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations. With Christmas music gently playing on the car radio, we were safe, warm and blessed to be together.
Being the animal loving family we are, we always fed Santa’s reindeer, too. On Christmas Eve we’d toss apple and carrot chunks up on the roof for the reindeer to munch on while Santa was busy leaving presents under our tree. On Christmas morning, our boys would run down to the tree, then check the plate to see if Santa had liked the cookies they’d left for him, then head outside to see if the reindeer had enjoyed their snack of carrots and apples. Those reindeer never failed to bring delight to our two small boys. Wouldn’t you know, those apples and carrots were always gone by Christmas morning, so it was nice to know that everyone, the reindeer included, had had a lovely snack before continuing on into the night! 🙂
Here is the printable recipe card for Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookies if you’d like to add them to your families collection of cookie traditions:
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup shortening (I used butter flavored Crisco), or softened butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- red and green decorating sugars
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- Cream the sugars and shortening (or butter) together in a large bowl.
- Add the egg and vanilla. Blend to combine.
- Blend in the salt, cream of tartar, baking soda, and flour until just combined.
- Roll the dough into balls approximately 1" in size and roll the balls into the decorating sugar.
- Place the sugared cookie balls onto a parchment-lined (optional) baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until slightly puffed.
- Remove baking sheets to a cooling rack and cool completely.
- Continue with the remaining batter.
parchment paper (optional)
stand mixer or hand mixer
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Sending you warm holiday wishes for a very Merry Christmas!
Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!