Eden's Roly-Poly Santas

Next up for our Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange is Eden's Roly-Poly Santa Cookies. Here's what she has to say about them, "I first saw the recipe for these Santas in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookie magazine years ago and thought they were absolutely adorable! I was dying to make them and see if they would turn out the same. I was surprised at how easy the recipe was and they came out more charming than I had expected. My family loved them! From that point on I've been making these little Santas every year and they are always a hit when I bring them to a Christmas party or as give as gifts!
Eden's Poly-Poly Santas
(Makes 12)
Ingredients for Santas
1 cup butter 
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 1/4 cups flour 
red food coloring 
mini chocolate chips (for eyes and buttons) 
Red Hots for nose 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees 
Beat butter on high for 30 seconds. Add sugar, beat until combined., scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour. 
Remove 1 cup of dough and set aside. Mix red food coloring in the remaining dough. Make one 1 inch ball and five 1/2 inch balls from the red dough. From the plain dough make 3/4 inch ball and four 1/4 inch. Attach them by just pushing the dough together, like picture shows. Add the chocolate chip eyes and buttons. After they are all assembled on a cookie sheet, bake them for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes.

Ingredients for frosting:
1/2 cup shortening 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar 
1 tablespoon milk 

Beat shortening and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add powdered sugar and enough milk to make frosting piping consistency. 
Spoon frosting into a decorating bag and use a medium, star tip to pipe the Santa's beard, and hat. Don't forget to add the nose! 
Aren't these seriously the cutest?! I need to make them asap!

So, it's been a very rainy weekend here in LA and it's continuing into the week {yay!}. I did a lot of productive Christmas shopping so I feel good. I have a fun giveaway for you all this afternoon so make sure to check back!
photos by Zan Passante

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