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5 from 2 votes

Santa's Cookies Recipe

Santa's cookies are fun, festive and loaded with sprinkles and M&M's. Perfect for Santa's plate, holiday parties, or gift giving!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 177kcal


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter ( 1 1/2 sticks) softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1/4 cup festive sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the sugars, mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, mix until combined.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • With mixing speed on low, gradually add the dry ingredients until a few streaks remain. Fold in M&M's and sprinkles with a spatula.
  • Using a standard size cookie scoop, portion dough and roll into smooth balls. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and let rest on the sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


-If you want a prettier appearance, reserve 2 tbsp. of M&M's for the top as well as 1 tbsp. sprinkles. Press into the the balls of cookie dough after they are scooped/rolled.


Serving: 24g | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg