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!

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86 comments on “Santas”

  1. they are adorable

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

  3. 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!

  4. These are too cute to eat. Lovely!

  5. 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 !


  6. 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!

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

  8. 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

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

  10. Hi Cake lovers + Bakerella,
    Comment here for your chance to win a cupcake gift set for the holidays! Thanks Bakerella for inspiring me to make cake! It got me on TLC!!!! :D Love you all!

  11. Could you make an elf for the circle cookie cutter?

  12. 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

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

  14. Absolutely adorable! :)

  15. I love multitasking ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Thank you for the templates & decorating info!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

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

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


  22. OMG!
    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!

  23. 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!

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

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

  26. 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! :)

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

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

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

  30. 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!!!!

  31. Oh, how darling! Love the template idea!

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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

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

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

    Thanks!! :)

  39. oh yay! thank you so much :)

  40. Thanks so much for sharing to cute

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

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

  43. 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!

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

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

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

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

  49. Thank you so much for sharing these designs with us.

  50. 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!

  51. Wonderfull!!!!

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

  53. 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

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

  55. WONDERFUL!!!
    Mglòria, Gourmenderies

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

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

  58. 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.

  59. These are so cute! I love your blog!!

  60. 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!!!

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

  62. 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.

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

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

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

  66. Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  67. Your the best! Thanks so much!

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

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

  70. Delightful Santas! Well done Bakerella!

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

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

  73. 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!!

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

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

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

  77. 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!

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

  79. 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!

  80. 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.

  81. 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)….

  82. 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:)

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

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