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Santa's Here!


Try making these cute cookies with children just before your holiday break.

  • Invite children to cut out heart-shaped cookies from store-bought sugar cookie dough.
  • Bake cookies according to package directions.
  • When cookies are cool, turn the heart shapes upside down.
  • Let children use canned white frosting to cover the two lower rounded parts of the heart. Top the frosting with shredded coconut to create Santa's beard.
  • Fashion Santa's hat by using red tube icing to fill in a triangle-shaped area that comprises about the top third of the cookie (including the pointed area at the top of the cookie, which was the bottom of the heart before you turned the cookie upside down).
  • Trim that triangle with more frosting and coconut.
  • Add two chocolate chips for eyes.
  • Use a dot of red icing just above the beard to make a nose.

Carefully place completed cookies into individual sandwich bags so children can take them home as gifts.

Copy this rhyme onto squares of paper and tie with yarn through a hole in the sandwich bag:

This Santa heart holds something dear
All my love throughout the year.


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