Before I left my parent’s house their neighbors little girl asked me if I could help her make the perfect cookie for Santa. I decided on Santa shortbread bread cookies made up of various size balls. They’re fun and simple for kids of any age to make. These cookies will last for weeks and freeze well.
1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed for one minute. Add sugar; beat until combined. Beat in 1 tablespoon milk and 1.5 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour; you may need to mix in some with a wooden spoon.
2. Remove 1 cup of the dough. Stir red coloring into the remaining dough.
3. Shape each Santa by making on 3/4 -inch ball and four 1/4-inch balls from plain dough.
4. From red dough, shape one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls. Flatten the 1-inch red ball on cookie sheet until 1/2-inch thick. Attach plain 3/4 –inch ball for the head and flatten until 1/2-inch thick. Attached four 1/2-inch red balls for the arms and legs, and place plain 1/4-inch balls at the ends of arms and legs for the hands. Shape remaining 1/2-inch red ball into a hat Add chocolate pieces for the eyes and buttons.
5. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 3 minutes on a cookie sheet. Place on wire rack to cool.
1. In a small mixing bowl beat shortening and vanilla with an electric mixer for one minute. Gradually add 1 cup of powdered sugar, mixing well. Add in 1 tablespoon milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar and enough milk (2-5 teaspoons) to make the frosting piping consistency.
2. Spoon frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe where desired and attach the cinnamon heart candy to the frosting for his mustache to create the nose.