Santa Bellies

Santa Bellies
Servings: 24 Yield: 24 cookies Prep 1 hr Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins (includes chilling time)


  • 1/2 Basic Recipe dough (see below)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup red decorating sugar
For decoration:
  • 1/4 cup canned chocolate frosting
  • 15 mini marshmallows, halved lengthwise
  • Small Gobstoppers or any small candies

Make It

1. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the Basic Recipe dough. Chill for 1 hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. Shape the chilled dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll dough balls in red decorating sugar.

4. Place the sugared dough balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use the flat bottom of a glass to flatten the dough to 2 1/4-inch circles. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. Place the chocolate frosting in a zip-top bag. Snip a small corner from the edge, and pipe a line of the chocolate frosting on the lower third of the cookie as the belt. Add a marshmallow half as the buckle. Pipe a few dots of chocolate frosting and attach the candies as buttons.

Basic Recipe


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Make It

1. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a separate large bowl beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until just combined.

3. Divide the dough in half, and proceed with a cookie recipe. (Each recipe uses half of the Basic Recipe.) To save the dough for later use, shape each half into a disc, wrap in plastic, and freeze for up to a month.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 24; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 116, Fat, total (g): 4, chol. (mg): 18, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 18, Monounsaturated fat (g): 1, Polyunsaturated fat (g): , Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): , sugar (g): 10, pro. (g): 1, vit. A (IU): 130, vit. C (mg): , Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 20, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 93, Potassium (mg): 23, calcium (mg): 13, iron (mg): 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.