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A square Christmas cookie with a hand written note of wishes to Santa Claus.
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Christmas Cookies ~ Santa's Cookies and Milk

Kids write their wish list on decorated Christmas cookies with edible ink. This recipe for Santa's Cookies and Milk includes step-by-step instructions. Ho Ho Ho!
*plan ahead, these cookies take 3-4 days for the icing to dry before writing on the cookies.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Royal Icing Dry Time -before writing on cookies3 d
Total Time40 mins
Course: Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, holiday baking, Santas Cookies and Milk
Servings: 36
Calories: 201kcal


Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg I use EggBeaters, it works perfectly!
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice freshly squeezed from an orange
  • 1 tablespoon good vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Royal Icing Recipe

  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder order online
  • dash vanilla clear preferred
  • 1 cup (scant) warm water
  • Equipment: baking sheet pan parchment paper, square cookie cutter (or food container top), small icing tip, Wilton Edible Color Markers (craft stores/online), ruler, small skewer, plastic pastry bags, assorted sprinkles and food colors for decorating other cookies for Santa if desired.


Cookie Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, add sugar and softened butter. Mix until combined.
  • Next add egg, baking powder, orange juice, vanilla, and flour. Mix until combined.
  • Wrap cookie dough in plastic food wrap and chill until firm 1-2 hours.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ¼ thickness.
  • Use a square shape cutter (I used a top from a food container) cut out the square. Next, using an icing decorating tip, cut a small hole in the corner of the cookie for the straw. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 1-2 inches apart.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees, and bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
  • Cool the cookies completely.

Royal Icing Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients into a mixer and whip on slow for 10 minutes.
  • Keep finished icing covered with saran wrap or damp kitchen towel
  • Leftover icing can be frozen and used later

Decorate The Cookies:

  • Fill a small pastry bag fitted with a small tip, and pipe a line around the edge of the cookie. Next, flood or fill in the center, and use a small thin skewer to fill in the icing.
  • IMPORTANT: At this point, let the cookies dry at least 2-3 days completely before writing the wish list on the cookies for Santa!
  • Once cookies are dry and icing is rock hard, use colored edible markers and use a ruler to make the lines that look like a piece of paper, use a blue and red pens for this step. *(Do this part for small children, then let them write the wish list).
  • And now the best part, have children write their wish list to Santa on the cookies, place on a mug of milk, add a cute red and white straw and wait for Santa's visit!
  • Decorate other cookies with colored icing and sprinkles.


plan ahead:

These cookies take 3-4 days for the icing to dry before writing on the cookies. 


  • Parchment paper
  • square cookie cutter (or food container top)
  • small icing tip
  • Wilton Edible Color Markers (craft stores/online)
  • ruler
  • small skewer
  • plastic pastry bags
  • assorted sprinkles and food colors for decorating 
PRO TIP: Edible ink pens are easy to find in local craft stores, they are designed to write on cookies!


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg