Tuesday, December 14, 2010



I made you guys a template for these Santa cookies. If you want it.


I turned my sketches into something a little more presentable. If you click on the image below, it will open up a pdf that you can print out.

Santa template example

I made several Santas, an elf and an ice cream cone that you can use as reference. The ice cream Santas are the size of the cutter I used, but you can always scale them up or down on a copier to match the size of the cutter you have. I also made two Santas you can use with a circle cookie cutter since everyone likely won’t have an ice cream cone cutter handy.

Hopefully these will help a little if you are trying to make a cute Santa face. It’s not actually a template, but used more for reference. I drew the faces on my cookies with an edible ink pen, referring to the sketches I made to help me know where to draw the details. If I had tried to pipe these completely freehand without reference, they would have stunk. So the drawing on the cookies really helped.

For the ice cream Santas, I used:

  • pink candy buttons for his nose
  • pink confetti sprinkles for cheeks
  • jumbo flower and snowflake sprinkles made by Wilton for the top of his hat
  • black edible ink pen for his eyes
  • Super Red from Americolor (it worked beautifully) – hats
  • Kelly Green from Wilton – elf hat
  • Dusty Rose from Wilton – faces

Have fun!

P.S. – For some extra help, read Sweetopia’s Cookie Tips and also her generously informative post on how to pipe using a Kopykake Projector. Take a look at it for two reasons. One… If you are super serious about cookies, this would be a great tool to have. And two… pay special attention to her piping. I’d like to be this good. The machine is helpful, but the hands still have to do the work. And hers are amazing!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

this is actually FABULOUS…i’ve been so wanting to make those awesome cookies since you posted them!

December 14, 2010 06:08 PM
Tara said...

Thanks Bakerella! I just need to learn how to pipe so I can try these out. I don’t think I can do these this week since I still have finals but definitely next year! Going to give the neighbors cake pops and Oreo truffles for Christmas!

I wanted to share that I did a demonstration of Cake pops for my speech class and everyone loved them – and eating them too! One of the girls got hooked and went out and bought your book that same day! Spreading the love you started Bakerella:)

December 14, 2010 06:08 PM
Nani said...

WOW, that’s an amazing idea, using the ice cream cone cutter to make santas cookies!!! Thank you so much for sharing all of your creations. (pleas apologize my english)….

December 14, 2010 06:09 PM
Shannon said...

My son and I made a bunch of xmas cookies this past weekend. I have the ice cream cone cookie cutter so we were super excited to see your post! My son was so bummed that we didn’t have a santa cookie cutter and when I showed him what you’d done with the ice cream one, he said you rock! So we are making santas this weekend.

December 14, 2010 06:09 PM
Aubrey said...

I LOVE these! I let my 2 year old make sugar cookies just last night… wish we would have thought to look here first. Not that we could have done this on our first try- but I wanted to say, I’m trying my first cake pops TONIGHT! I’m keeping it simple with apples for the teachers at school… wish me luck!

December 14, 2010 06:22 PM
Made With Pink said...

These are adorable. Thanks for including a round template as well. Decorated sugar cookies are on my “To Do” list.

December 14, 2010 06:24 PM
Katie said...

Your cookies are fabulous. And these little templates are adorable! I’m nowhere near being able to pipe these cute faces onto cookies, but I’m going to print out a page and let my daughter color on them for some cute Christmas gift tags. Thanks so much for sharing!

December 14, 2010 06:38 PM
katiekat said...

You are so awesome! Thank you for the templates and all your hard work.

December 14, 2010 06:38 PM
Kitty said...

These are so cute. I can’t wait to do my holiday baking.

December 14, 2010 06:44 PM
Becky B said...

Thank you! These are so cute, you have the cutest ideas!


December 14, 2010 06:45 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh Angie!!! Thank YOU so much!!! I am completely honored with your words.
I hadn’t even had a chance to read your blog yet and Kim called and read the words to me, without telling me who wrote them. I said, “Aw, how nice!! Who wrote that?” BAKERELLA!!

December 14, 2010 07:06 PM
April said...

awesome! how did you turn your sketches into a digital line drawings?

December 14, 2010 07:16 PM
Mrs. Jen B said...

So sweet! Not only the templates, but you, for sharing with everyone! Awesome.

December 14, 2010 07:28 PM
Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

Delightful Santas! Well done Bakerella!

December 14, 2010 08:03 PM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

What a great reference document! Thanks for taking the time to create the Santa template, love all the versions you came up with!

December 14, 2010 08:29 PM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

This is wonderful! THANK YOU!

December 14, 2010 08:35 PM
ChristineD said...

Thank you so much for sharing – I absolutely love these.

December 14, 2010 08:49 PM
Ashley E said...

Your the best! Thanks so much!

December 14, 2010 08:53 PM
Angela said...

Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

December 14, 2010 09:03 PM
Kathleen said...

These are unbelievably cute!!! You are such a talent!

December 14, 2010 09:18 PM
Hemali said...

What recipe do you use for royal icing?? I’ve tried making it before and it is not nearly as smooth as yours!!!

December 14, 2010 09:52 PM
Vivian's Kitchen said...

I would love to make these out of felt. They are darling ?

December 14, 2010 10:11 PM
Kimmie said...

Once again a great post and your beautiful words complimenting Marian (Sweetopia) were an added bonus.

You did a great job on your Santa’s and what a great idea with the template.

December 14, 2010 10:31 PM
Jamie said...

You are such a sweetie! Thanks for sharing your many talents – and always making me smile!

December 14, 2010 11:03 PM
Corinne Doanld said...

Thank God something other then cupcake pops. I love love love those things, and I own the book, but I love to see other things and these are GREAT!!!

December 14, 2010 11:05 PM
Amanda said...

These are so cute! I love your blog!!

December 15, 2010 12:51 AM
CupcakeDesign by MariMilo said...

These are so cute.So nice. I can’t wait to do my holiday baking.

Thank you so much for sharing – I absolutely love these.

December 15, 2010 02:05 AM
Amy @ Serve At Once said...

Those elves are melting my heart. They are SO adorable!

December 15, 2010 02:11 AM
morgana said...

So cute !!!! THANK YOU for the patterns. I’ll use them for cupcakes.

December 15, 2010 02:34 AM
Mglòria Pié said...

Mglòria, Gourmenderies

December 15, 2010 03:11 AM
Carli said...

Fear not, you def are as good as she is :) We’re always our worst critic…

December 15, 2010 03:23 AM
Mimi said...

Any chance you can do a step by step of what to pipe and flood in order? As well as the adding the sugering or decorations? For all of us novice cookie decorators..pretty please

December 15, 2010 03:36 AM
nikki said...

Wanted to let u know an upside down heart makes a great Santa too.

December 15, 2010 03:41 AM
paola said...


December 15, 2010 05:13 AM
dee whisnant said...

I checked out the Sweetopia’s tutorial, awesome! also wanted to tell you I printed out the PDF for my kids to color for tree ornaments, maybe i’ll even get time to make the cookies! lol!
thank you for all you do for us! Merry Christmas!

December 15, 2010 07:12 AM
Linda W said...

Thank you so much for sharing these designs with us.

December 15, 2010 07:55 AM
Andrea Saunders said...

Thank YOU!!!!!! You are amazing. What a kind person to do that for us~!!!!! Thanks for helping us all get better!

December 15, 2010 09:06 AM
Marie said...

Those are too cute! Who would have thought to turn the cone upside down. :) I am going to get baking and probably turn the elves and Santa’s into Christmas cookie ornaments. They would look great on the tree………just have to figure out how to package them. Thank you for the wonderful tips and ideas! You are creative beyond words!

December 15, 2010 09:20 AM
Jenny said...

I am going to print that out and give it to my daughter to colour in – maybe cut them out and put them on the tree. AND make cookies, of course.

December 15, 2010 09:43 AM
Kaixin said...

these are sooooooo cute!
and thank you for your adorable santa templates!

December 15, 2010 09:48 AM
peachkins said...

super cute!!!

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December 15, 2010 09:53 AM
anna said...

Do these cookies have a soft texture or do they get hard.

December 15, 2010 10:05 AM
Tami (pixeltrash) said...

Awe… those are so cute. I love the cookie cutter you used. I just made cookies and blogged them. My back was killing my by the time I was done with 4 dozen. My hand was hurting too. Did you have this problem? Best wishes for a great holiday!

December 15, 2010 10:05 AM
Holly said...

Thank you so very much for making us a template. I am going to attempt these today!!

December 15, 2010 10:10 AM
Carrie Funk said...

Thanks! Going to a cookie making party Saturday armed and ready!! Hope we can attempt these!

December 15, 2010 11:06 AM
leana said...

Thanks so much for sharing to cute

December 15, 2010 11:35 AM
Nicole* said...

oh yay! thank you so much :)

December 15, 2010 12:04 PM
Angie said...

You are a sweetheart! Always sharing beautiful things with us.

Thanks!! :)

December 15, 2010 01:58 PM
CakeStory said...

I love these templates! Especially the round ones. Sweetopia is definitely the gold standard with decorated sugar cookies… it’s like another world! =P

December 15, 2010 02:41 PM
Taylor said...

OMG! I saw my Mom’s ice cream cone cookie cutter when I was getting a cut-out for pie crust over Thanksgiving and thought of garden gnome/elves! I was so excited to see this :) Thanks for the great templates!

December 15, 2010 03:49 PM
ErinMakesItWork said...

I love this!! Thank you so much. I have been wanting to practice with piping for awhile, however I am so not an artist. Like you said in your last post, I can trace! I never thought of using stencils or templates. Great idea!

December 15, 2010 04:03 PM
bink & boo said...

These look amazing! Too cute to eat. You are so talented–I caught you on The Today Show and you are a natural in front of the camera.

Congrats on all your success! You deserve it.

December 15, 2010 04:23 PM
Danielle said...

so cute!!!! I really want to make them but my mom says they’re too much work. Sad Face.

December 15, 2010 04:58 PM
lyzzie said...

Hi , congratulations , the cookies are beatifuls,.
Best wishes and happy holidays xoxoxoxo.

December 15, 2010 05:15 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh, how darling! Love the template idea!

December 15, 2010 05:46 PM
Yvonne said...

Bakerella – this made my day! Thank you for the ideas that keep on coming :) Can’t wait to get baking soon! Have a great holiday!!!!

December 15, 2010 07:45 PM
The Teacher Cooks said...

Great looking cookies. Wish that you would come to my class and give a demo. Not good at the royal icing.

December 15, 2010 09:39 PM
Rachel said...

So incredibly adorable!!! Thank you for the pdf.

December 15, 2010 11:02 PM
Lauren said...

I just love these Santa’s! The round ones are adorable :)

December 16, 2010 02:32 AM
retro sweets said...

Thank you so much! I was already thinking of printing my screen the other day and cropping your drawings at Paint so that I won’t have to draw the patterns myself. This is very very helpful! Wish me luck on the piping! :)

December 16, 2010 05:54 AM
Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Thank you for the templates – these cookies are so cute!!

December 16, 2010 10:48 AM
Cindy said...

Thank you very much! I can’t wait to try these this weekend :)

December 16, 2010 12:06 PM
Steph said...

Thanks! Especially for the advice on using Americolor Super Red. I adore the Wilton Colors, but trying to dye icing red with it takes ages. I will definitely try Americolor!

December 16, 2010 04:11 PM
Mariana said...

I’m from Brazil and found your website when I was looking for a Red Velvet Cake recipe..
I’ve been browsing your recipes ever since and they’re so, so, so awesome!
And look very yummy and really easy to make too!
Loved them!
I’m so excited to start baking asap!
Great job, keep it up!

December 16, 2010 08:04 PM
Alessandra said...

These are too cute! What a nice site you have, so full of ideas!


December 16, 2010 09:01 PM
Crazy Sweet Life said...

You’re too fun! I love these little santa cookies.

December 16, 2010 10:24 PM
Amy | She Wears Many Hats said...

Darling! I wanna make em now.

December 17, 2010 09:36 AM
Kelly said...

Hi Bakerella! I’m such a fan. I was wondering if you have any tips on using red gel coloring. I’ve never seen the Americolor brand, so I have only used Wilton’s red gel. I found that to get the true red that I desired, I had to use so much red gel that it changed the consistency of the icing, which then caused it to take forever to dry and it just didn’t look quite right. Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks!

December 18, 2010 12:29 AM
Melissa said...

Too cute! What recipe did you use for frosting because mine was not nearly as white as yours. I know it is because of the butter and vanilla, so I am wondering how you made yours. Thanks!

December 18, 2010 09:52 AM
Sue Niven said...

Lovely and delightful, I am not a good cook and i do not have an oven, but i will be sharing the love by turning them into brooches and giving them away.
Love them!

December 18, 2010 06:54 PM
Niteowl Nancy said...

Thank you for the templates & decorating info!

December 18, 2010 07:25 PM
cakebrain said...

I love multitasking ideas! Thanks for sharing!

December 18, 2010 07:38 PM
Courtney said...

Absolutely adorable! :)

December 18, 2010 07:42 PM
Sandy said...

Oh my sweet goodness…these are darling..thank you so much for sharing…and isnt Sweetopia just the best !

December 18, 2010 11:40 PM
Nicole A said...

Quick question…I have recently gotten very interested in cake/cookie decorating and was wondering if you had your icing recipe posted somewhere? thanks!

nicole, 21, college student

December 19, 2010 09:38 AM
Sarah said...

Could you make an elf for the circle cookie cutter?

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December 19, 2010 02:17 PM
Liz said...

I LOVE the elf – he’s really my favorite. And I think that your piping is great!

December 19, 2010 05:43 PM
vanessa S. said...

thank you SOOO much for the circle ones! im baking cookies today and i was asking all my friends if they had any christmas cookie cutters because all i had was circles. i was just going to turn them into ornaments but i LOVE your santas so much better :)
you never fail me <3

December 19, 2010 06:48 PM
Btrflywmn said...

So super excited, my kids were playing with their play dough and found an ice cream cone cookie cutter YAY

December 20, 2010 12:34 PM
Jani said...

my FAVORITE thing to eat for Christmas is my mom’s lasagna. It is our traditional dinner every year – prepped a few days in advance so there’s no work on Christmas!

December 21, 2010 12:21 PM
Nonna Beach said...

Not only are you an expert baker, you are an accomplished artist as well. I love your wonderful blog so much….thank you for all the beautiful things you make and sharing your talents with us !!!

Have a beautiful Christmas and a very Happy New Year !


December 21, 2010 04:38 PM
Carmie of the Single Nester said...

These are too cute to eat. Lovely!

December 21, 2010 05:27 PM
Nicole A said...

I tip my hat to all you bakers out there….I chose these cookies to make as my first baking project…..overload! ha But I’m not giving up! I have been working on these things for 3 days and tomorrow I will start icing! My family is doing a cookie swap, we are all responsible for 5 DOZEN! The hardest part I think is the coloring..and working with a not so great mixer! Well good luck to everyone and happy holidays!

December 22, 2010 11:41 PM
Jenni Price said...

So cute! I love how you showed us your sketches and how the faces are different!

January 13, 2011 01:30 AM
anna said...

they are adorable

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