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Santas and Heavenly Angels Recipe

Santas and Heavenly Angels Recipe

Sugar cookies may come in all shapes and sizes, but nothing says Christmas more than cookies dressed up like Santa or a heavenly angel.


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Santa and angel cookie cutters
  • Tubes of white decorator's frosting
  • Red and yellow sugar sprinkles
  • M & M's or Skittles
  • Fruit leather
  • Yellow gumdrops
  • Tiny white candy balls
  • Blue and red gel icing


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar, and stir in the egg, corn syrup and vanilla extract. One third at a time, stir in the flour mixture.
  2. Pat the dough into two disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness between two pieces of waxed paper and cut into Santas or angels.
  3. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Let them sit for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.
  4. To decorate the Santas, pipe the frosting into a beard and a hat. Sprinkle the stocking hat with red sugar, leaving the trim and pom-pom white. Use frosting to add an M & M nose and eyes and a fruit leather mouth.
  5. To decorate the angels, pipe the frosting into lines on each angel's gown and collar. Frost the wings, then add yellow sugar. Slice a yellow gumdrop into a halo and attach it with frosting. For the angel's buttons, attach white candy balls with frosting. For eyes, use blue gel icing. Finally, add a red icing smile.
  6. Makes 20 to 60 cookies, depending on their size.