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Catholic Recipe: Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) Cookies


  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Yield: 4 dozen

Prep Time: 1 day, 2 hours

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+



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These simple cookies can be an addition to the St. Nicholas celebration.


Sift together first 3 ingredients. Cream butter or margarine; slowly stir in sugar; beat until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well. Stir in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, mixing well. Cover dough; chill until firm enough to roll out. On a floured board, roll out dough, a little at a time, 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies with a floured Santa Claus (or St. Nicholas) cookie cutter. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350┬░ for 8 minutes or until golden. Remove from sheets; cool on wire racks. Decorate with icing, candies, coconut, and colored sugars. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965