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Aunt’s Sis’s Santa Claus Cookie Recipe – A Memory Like No Other!

Who knew a cookie recipe could have such a hold on childhood Christmas memories – but oh does it ever when it comes to my Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus Cookies!

There isn’t a Christmas season that goes by that I don’t think about my Aunt Sis and her Santa cookies. To get my hands on one as a child was pure joy. Those perfectly decorated Santa’s weren’t just delicious, they were downright amazing!

santa claus cookie recipe
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And this past week, thanks to Mary, one of my cousins, and some help from a few of my sisters too, I was able to relive the excitement and anticipation of tasting one of those cookies from her recipe for the first time in nearly 30+ years.

And did it ever bring Christmas memories flooding back in an instant!

It was a tradition among my extended family to visit each household during the Christmas season. I still remember fondly heading over to all of my Aunt and Uncles houses during Christmas break.

And coming from a large family, there were a lot of houses to visit! But it was always so much fun. Not only would we get to see many of our cousins, there was always incredible food too. And yes, amazing cookies!

Whether it was heading to Aunt Helen & Johnny’s, Aunt Bernie & Carl’s, Aunt Mary & Leo’s, or to any other of my many Aunt & Uncle’s homes, the food and laughter of the day simply made the Christmas season all it should be and more.

Aunt Sis Santa Claus Cookie
It may seem like just a simple Santa Claus cookie – but was it ever special back then. And yes, now too!

I certainly loved every house we went to. But as a child, there was one visit I always secretly looked to more than any other – and that was the trip to see my Aunt Sis and Uncle Eddie.

Visiting Sis & Eddies At Christmas

For one, there was always something fun to do there. I remember heading out on the pond in front of their house to ice skate. Or playing checkers and card games in the basement. But more than anything else – there was the anticipation of Aunt Sis giving us one of her Santa Claus cookies!

My Aunt Sis

I still remember well the conversations from my mom in the car heading to Sis and Eddies. You know, the one where you are gently reminded of your manners. Don’t ask for the cookie. Only take one. Say Thank You. And of course, never ask for a second cookie unless she offers!

Unfortunately, my Aunt Sis passed away some years ago. But her spirit always live on, especially when Christmas rolls around. No matter the year, it always lets me remember just how special she was, and just how special all of our family moments and memories are.

This photo was taken back in the early 70’s (hence the blurriness) ice skating on Aunt Sis & Uncle Eddie’s pond. I am pretty sure I to the far right holding on to someone for dear life!

The Recipe Lives On…

And so it was that this year, Mary asked me if the recipe was still held by any of the family. That if she could, she would try to recreate a cookie or two for me.

Well, as you can imagine, that set the wheels in motion. A text to my cousin Marty hit the proverbial jackpot. Sure enough, she knew right away what cookie I was talking about. Even better, she still had the recipe on an index card.

And with the miracle of modern technology, within a few minutes, there we were staring at Aunt Sis’s magical Santa Claus Cookie Recipe!

Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus cookie recipe. We took a guess that the “t” below the vanilla meant teaspoon, and luckily, were correct.

Mary went on line, and with description help from my sisters, found a close replica of the Santa cutout to use. Click here to find more Santa Cookie Cutter.

It wasn’t until asking my own sisters and family about the decorating of the cookie that I found out that Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus recipe and cookies were a big memory for all.

They could recall she used coconut to decorate his beard. And split a raisin in half for his eyes. And without fail, every one I spoke to about the cookie, and yes, even my mom – asked to have one made for them too!

As Mary finished decorating the first few and put them in the refrigerator to chill, it was like being a kid all over again. Waiting, waiting, and then that taste – it was nothing short of magical! All of those memories rushing back at the same time in one single bite. Well, then, many more bites!

The cookie cutter Mary found on line was a pretty close replica for sure. And within a few days, we were in cookie making business!

Although we write out a lot of recipes for our sites into digital form – this one will always simply stay on that index card. It is where it belongs. And for all who try it, may it somehow bring a little joy to your home this Christmas Season too!

Here is to Christmas traditions, and to making memories to last a lifetime, just like Aunt Sis’s Santa Claus Cookie Recipe did for me. Merry Christmas! Jim and Mary.

Jim and Mary Competti have been writing gardening, DIY and recipe articles and books for over 15 years from their 46 acre Ohio farm. The two are frequent speakers on all things gardening and love to travel in their spare time.

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Joan McMahon

Thursday 17th of December 2020

What is the second ingredient in the Santa Claus cut out cookies. One cup???

Anxious to try it. Looks fabulous and a lot of fun.


Friday 18th of December 2020

Hi Joan, that is Oleo - which is an old term for Margarine. We had to look that one up too! :)


Thursday 17th of December 2020

I always love your family stories because they always remind me of mine and have shared your articles with my siblings many times. I also came from a large family and coincidently had an Aunt Sis, short for Eunice. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays Jim and Mary!!! Linda


Friday 18th of December 2020

Happy Holidays Linda! Jim and Mary


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Pure magic! While my memories are a little different, I sure remember the Santa cookies. And I miss that lovely woman, especially at Christmas time. Thanks for sharing so it lives on!


Friday 18th of December 2020

Absolutely! And love that everyone has all of those different memories to hold on to!

Ramona Wollin Krebs

Thursday 17th of December 2020

In the Santa Claus Cookie recipe , I cannot figure out what the second ingredient is? Either it’s an American item? Or I can’t read the writing. Sorry! First come sugar and then ???? Thanks for getting back to me


Friday 18th of December 2020

Hi Ramona and thanks for your message. It is actually Oleo-which an old term for Margarine. Thanks! Jim and Mary

Maeva Cook

Thursday 17th of December 2020

How can I find your recipe for peanut clusters made in the crockpot?


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Here you go!

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