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Santa's Favorite Cookies

Updated on July 4, 2017
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Elyn spent the last 30 years in China, coming home in the summer to cook American food and have fun doing craft projects with her family.

How do I know? I asked Santa!

Have you ever debated what sort of cookies Santa might like? Considering that he has a lot of cookies to eat that night - and no doubt faces indigestion the next day - something simple and not too sweet is probably smart.

So we asked Santa. And this is what he said:

"Chewy, but not too sweet" as he cocked his head.

"Almond flavored," as he rubbed his chin.

"And maybe a little coconut. It's good for my brains," he said with twinkling eyes.

After hitching up his pants by his belt, he lifted his finger to make the final point.

"And make sure it looks like me, or else I won't be certain which cookies to eat at your house. No problem with indigestion - I have a cast iron stomach! Ho ho ho!" And off he went.

These cookies are just what Santa ordered. If you want to please him, try leaving him out a plate on Christmas Eve. There won't be one left by morning!

All photos are copyright Elyn MacInnis

Santas Whiskers Cookies
Santas Whiskers Cookies

These are the cookies Santa ordered... irresistibly delicious, not overly sweet, almond flavored with a chewy coconut beard. And they look like Santa - so there will be no mistake which cookies he should eat!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Serves: at least one (Santa)


  • First cream the butter and sugar part of the cookie mix:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar minus 2 tablespoons
  • Then add the rest of the ingredients slowly to the creamed mixture:
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • Then add the flour:
  • 2 and 1/2 cps sifted all-purpose flour
  • More milk - 2 Tablespoons - if needed - to make a dough that holds together


  1. I like to have my directions included in with the ingredients... but here are the directions with a little elaboration.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the rest of the ingredients except for the flour. When you add the flour, you may find that the dough doesn't stick together at all and is just a powdery pile in the bowl. This was true for me. I add approximately 2 more Tablespoons of milk, until you just have a dough that just sticks together. Be careful not to add too much milk. You need the dough to be solid.
  3. Once the dough has become one ball, cut it into two pieces and put them on their own piece of waxed paper. Form a log about 8 inches long, about 2 inches wide, and roll in the waxed paper. Put the two logs into the refrigerator overnight so it will become quite hard and you can cut thin slices.
  4. Cut thin (1/4 inch) slices and lay them out on the cookie sheet. One by one, take the slices and put them into a bowl of coconut. You will have to squish the coconut into the beard part of the cookie - they look better if you make a pointed beard, but it isn't necessary. Santa doesn't care really.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes or until the "coconut beard" is golden. They are good warm, but even better when they have cooled, according to Santa.
Cast your vote for Santa's Favorite Cookies

You have to watch them carefully when they cook

Santa's whiskers cookies
Santa's whiskers cookies

It would be easy to burn Sant's beard if you don't keep an eye on these. The sugar in the flaked coconut cooks more rapidly than the cookie, so it will brown first.

Ssssh - Santa might eat them all...

Ssssh - Santa might eat them all...
Ssssh - Santa might eat them all...

Do you have a favorite cookie to leave for Santa? - Is it homemade or bought in the store?

Maybe you think Santa prefers homemade... or perhaps suspect that he actually prefers Oreos? What is your best guess about Santa's preferences?

Uh oh! - Who ate all those cookies???

santas favorite cookies
santas favorite cookies

What cookies does Santa eat at your house?

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    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @Erin Mellor: Mince pies are so delicious. And sherry - I bet Santa loved that!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      What a treat, these cookies are just adorable. At my house Father Christmas got a mince pie and a glass of sherry, and I was always careful to leave a carrot for his reindeer too.

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      AshleysCorner 5 years ago

      Love the recipes. Can't wait to try them!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice recipe.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Frosted sugar cookies shaped like Christmas Trees, Bells, and Candy Canes.

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      marynjohnson 5 years ago

      Very Cute Santa Cookies.. Yummy!

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      teresa-shatto 5 years ago

      Santa gets rosettes at our house! They're tricky little boogers...but, that's what we mostly make around the holidays. Love your lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a feeling that Santa's elves hang out at HQ and you just confirmed that! I have never seen these before and can see how they are Santa's favorite cookie and your empty plate tells the story...cuteness!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @HealthfulMD: A cutie? It sounds sweet but I am not sure what it is... at any rate, he will love foods with vitamin C. I asked him that too. ;-)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Santa gets oranges or cuties at our house. Lots of Vitamin C to help him stay healthy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anything that looks like a Christmas cookie.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I love this lens! HO HO HO!

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      askformore lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for the great cookie ideas!