Roly-Poly Santas

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 12m
Ready In


Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (101.7 g)
  • Calories 486.9
  • Total Fat - 24.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 41 mg
  • Sodium - 138.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 65.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 47.3 g
  • Protein - 2.7 g
  • Calcium - 11.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.

Step 3

Add sugar. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.

Step 4

Beat in milk and vanilla until combined.

Step 5

Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.

Step 6

Remove 1 cup of the dough. Tint the remaining dough with red food coloring.

Step 7

For each cookie, shape red dough into one 1-inch ball and five 1/2-inch balls.

Step 8

Shape plain dough into one 3/4-inch ball and four 1/4-inch balls.

Step 9

Place the red 1-inch ball on an ungreased cookie sheet; flatten until 1/2 inch thick. Attach the plain 3/4-inch ball for head; flatten until 1/2 inch thick. Attach four of the red 1/2-inch balls for arms and legs; attach the plain 1/4-inch balls for hands and feet. Shape and attach the remaining red 1/2-inch ball for a hat.

Step 10

Repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies 2 inches apart. Add chocolate pieces for eyes and buttons.

Step 11

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Carefully transfer to a wire rack; cool.

Step 12

Icing: In a small mixing bowl beat shortening and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1-1/3 cups of the powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 tablespoon of the milk. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar and enough milk to make frosting a piping consistency.

Step 13

Use frosting for beards and trip on hats. Attach cinnamon candies with small dabs of frosting for noses. Let stand until frosting is set.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.