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Santa Heart-Shaped Cookies

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Santa Heart-Shaped Cookies
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 15

Sometimes creativity and simplicity come together in the kitchen and result in an idea that makes you say, “Now why didn’t I think of that before?” These super-cute and customizable Santa cookies started with an unbelievably easy twist: turning a heart-shaped cookie cutter upside down. With that simple move, the pointy end becomes Old St. Nick’s hat and the lobes of the heart make a full and fluffy beard. And speaking of simplicity, these cookies are oh-so-easy to make since the two key ingredients are Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting. Where you go from there is up to you! Choose sprinkles, mini marshmallows, and candies of all kinds—and let the kids get in on the fun. Just be sure to have them ready to go by the time you hear footsteps up on the housetop. Leave them out with a glass of milk for a treat that’ll make Santa smile. MORE+ LESS-

Updated October 22, 2019
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
Make with
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

Ingredients

1
pouch Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
3
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup butter, melted
1
egg
Betty Crocker™ red gel food color
1
container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Decorations, as desired
Betty Crocker™ Candy Shop candy eyeballs, M&M's® Minis™ chocolate candies, semisweet chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, flaked coconut, white candy sprinkles

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir cookie mix, flour, melted butter and egg until soft dough forms. On floured surface, roll dough 1/4-inch thick. Cut with floured 3-inch heart shaped cookie cutter. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutouts 2 inches apart.
  • 3
    Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 4
    In small bowl, stir food color into 1/2 cup of frosting to create desired color. Place 1/3 cup untinted frosting into small resealable food storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny bottom corner of bag; set aside.
  • 5
    Turn cookies so pointed ends are up. Working with one cookie at a time, spread 2 teaspoons of remaining untinted frosting on lower third of cookie for beard. Spread generous teaspoon red frosting on upper 1/3 of cookie for hat. Squeeze bag of frosting to pipe dots to attach eyes and nose. Pipe to finish hat, pom pom; decorate with additional decorations as desired. (Use photo as guide.)
  • 6
    Decorate each cookie before starting another so frosting does not set. Let stand until frosting is set, about 1 hour. Store in airtight container at room temperature with waxed paper between layers.

Expert Tips

  • Frosting tends to set quickly once spread; for best results, completely decorate 1 cookie before starting another.
  • Use completely cooled cookie sheets. Cookies will spread too much if put on a hot or warm cookie sheet.
  • If using 20% more cookie mix (21 oz size pouch), add 1 tablespoon water to cookie mix, flour, butter and egg. Purchase 2 containers of Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting. Increase red tinted frosting to 3/4 cup and use additional frosting for piping. Makes 25 cookies.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
120
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
20%
Saturated Fat
7g
36%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Sodium
220mg
9%
Potassium
45mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
64g
21%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
43g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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