Looking for a fun Christmas activity to do with the kids? Let’s make these Santa Nutter Butter cookies – they are adorable! Super easy to make, so kids of all ages can get in there to help and have fun together.
Why You’ll Love these Santa Cookies
How cute are these Santa cookies? Isn’t this a cute gift when you fill a Christmas tin? They’re so easy to make and a fun activity to do with the kids around the holidays. Not only that, but they’re so delicious and festive! These cookies will become a new holiday tradition for you and your family.
- Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips – Make Santa’s eyes and taste delicious with the peanut butter cookies!
- Make Your Own Almond Bark squares – You’ll melt it down to use in the decorating process.
- Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Cookies – These peanut butter cookies are so tasty and give your Santas a face-shape.
- Red Hots Cinnamon Candy – Use these to make Santa’s nose. If you don’t like cinnamon candies, feel free to use red M&Ms instead.
- Red sprinkles – Or green sprinkles, or a mixture; whatever you like!
- Muffin cups – Hold the sprinkles while you decorate your cookies.
- Piping bag or toothpicks – Will help you be precise while decorating.
How to Make Peanut Butter Santa Cookies
- Using a small microwave safe bowl, melt 4 squares of almond bark in a microwave with the oil. Stop the microwave and stir the almond bark every 30 seconds until melted.
- Dip one end of a Nutter Butter cookie into the melted almond bark. Then dust the melted almond bark with some sprinkles, or dip the cookie right into the sprinkle mix.
- Set the cookies on a baking rack and let the icing dry. Be sure to leave space between the cookies so they are not touching.
- Once they are dry, dip the other half of each cookie into the melted almond bark for Santa’s beard and place back on to the rack. Let them again dry in place, without touching.
- You can use a piping bag or even a toothpick for the final decorating. Place drops of Almond Bark and then add the chocolate chips for the eyes and a Red Hot for the nose.
Variations and Serving Suggestions
- If you aren’t a fan of cinnamon candies, you can use something like a red M&M or a jellybean for the nose instead.
- Feel free to use different colors of sprinkles for Santa’s with different colored hats. Mixing red and green together would be cute and festive!
- You could use white chocolate melts or candy melts instead of almond bark. Just be sure that whatever you use will harden at room temperature.
- Instead of chocolate chips, you can buy little candy eyes made of sugar.
- If someone has peanut allergies, you can substitute Milano cookies instead of the Nutter Butters.
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Santa Nutter Butter Cookies
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Santa Nutter Butter Cookies
- baking rack
- containers for holding decorating materials
- 1 box Red Hot candies
- 1 package Nutter Butter cookies
- 4 squares vanilla almond bark
- 1 package mini semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp oil
- Using a small microwave safe bowl, melt 4 squares of Almond Bark in a microwave with a tsp of oil. Stop and stir every 30 seconds until melted.
- Dip one half of the Nutter Butter Cookie in the bowl and sprinkle red sprinkles on the top half of Almond Bark. Let dry on parchment paper or a wire rack.
- Once the Almond Bark is dry, dip the bottom half of each cookie in the bowl and place back on the rack to dry.
- Using a toothpick or a piping bag with a small hole, place three small drops of almond bark on the cookie for the eyes and nose.
- Place 2 mini chocolate chips for the eyes and 1 red hot for the nose.
- Let dry and enjoy!
First Published November 2020; Updated August 2021