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Santa’s Favorite Cookie — Secret Recipe Club

Recipe: Santa’s Favorite Cookie [1]

Summary: A crispy sugar cookie rolled in colored sugar decorations makes a lovely treat for Santa.


  • Santa's Favorite Cookie [2]1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter flavor Crisco
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (note from Dorothy: I decreased this to ¼ teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (note from Dorothy: I added this)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • red and green decorating sugars


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the sugars and shortening together in a large bowl. Add the egg and mix to combine. Add the remainder of the ingredients (except the decorating sugars) to form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
  3. Using a teaspoon, take out and roll dough into balls about the size of a walnut.
  4. Drop balls into colored sugars and roll them to coat entire ball with sugar. Place them on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 8-12 minutes.
  5. Makes 45 cookies.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 45

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Santa's Favorite Cookie [3]

Renee, it was nice to meet you! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and Happy Holidays to all the Secret Recipe Club participants!