How to Make Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

by Rollie Brandt

Been making these for years. Because they take more time, I make a small amount, but putting just one in the middle of a Christmas cookie platter makes a nice centerpiece.


  • 1 Cup Margarine or butter
  • ½ Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 ¼ Cups Flour
  • Red food coloring
  • MINI chocolate chips
  • ½ Cups Shortening
  • ½ Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 ⅓ Cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 Cup More of powdered sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons More of milk
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Beat butter or margarine till softened. Add sugar and beat till fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Add flour and beat till well mixed.

    Step 2

    Remove one cup of dough and color remaining dough red.

    Step 3

    I use a pampered Chef Decorator for frosting, and the 2 tips shown. I store the mini chocolate chips in my freezer since recipe requires so few. They keep for 2-3 years.

    Step 4

    For each Santa: Using red, roll one 1" and five 1/2" balls. Using white, roll one 3/4" and four 1/4" balls.

    Step 5

    On in greased cookie sheet flatten 1" red to 1/2" for body. Attach 3/4" white ball for head: flatten to 1/2".

    Step 6

    Form 1/2" balls for arms and legs and hat.

    Step 7

    Attach white 1/4" balls to arms and legs and place chips in for eyes. Note: 3 chips can be added as buttons down front of suit. Some years I do those... Some years I forget, like this year!

    Step 8

    Bake 325° for 12-15 minutes till edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on sheet.

    Step 9

    Carefully remove to rack with thin spatula. Batch makes approx 12 cookies.

    Step 10

    SNOW FROSTING... Beat 1/2 C shortening & 1/2 tsp vanilla 30 sec. Gradually beat in 1-1/3 C powdered sugar. Add 1 T milk. Beat in 1 more C powdered sugar & 3-4 tsp milk to piping consistency.

    Step 11

    Use plain tip to pipe hat, cuffs, down jacket front & bottom. Use star tip to pipe beard and hat Pom Pom.

    Step 12

    Very cute in the middle of your cookie platter.

    Step 13

    Tasty too!