Santa Faces

I used to love getting those little holiday themed mini magazines/cookbooks at the grocery store checkout.  I got one many years ago when our son was little that had ideas to make treats for Santa.  They were super easy, and the kids could even help make them.  I ran across these Santa faces, and not only were they cute and easy, they were really yummy.  So, we made them every year.  I even remember the year my mom was supposed to come visit us in North Carolina, but had a stroke the first weekend in December…so, change of plans.  Instead of Christmas in our home, we loaded up our 4 wheel drive sleigh and headed to Texas.  Our son was just 4…and I didn’t want his Christmas to be disrupted in the least.  So, in addition to all the presents, I packed up all the supplies and ingredients I would need to carry on with our traditions of baking and decorating everything as usual.  And, that included all the items necessary for Santa faces.  We were able to make them at our family’s home, and he was happy as could be.  Mom recovered fine, and we were able to go visit her while she was in her rehab facility.  Our 4 year old got a kick out of his Nanny having to learn to walk and use her hands to play “tennis” with a balloon.  I always think of that crazy Christmas every time we make these.    It’s been a while since we’ve had them now that he’s 15 and too cool for helping mom in the kitchen.  But here they are making an appearance in the “Twelve Weeks of Holidays.”

Pink frosting for Santa’s rosey cheeks…

Add the hat…starting to take shape!

Look who’s here! HO! HO! HO!

See the resemblance?

Cutie pie!


  • Graham crackers
  • red and pink frostings or white frosting that can be tinted with gel colorings (canned or tube frosting is fine)
  • chocolate chips or candies for eyes
  • red hots for a nose
  • mini marshmallows for the beard and hat pom pom


Turn one graham cracker square diagonally.  Using a small spreading knife, spread pink frosting on the lower half of cracker up to slightly above the halfway mark., and red frosting on top half of cracker for hat. Cover the bottom half with marshmallows for a beard, and nestle the red hot in the center just above top row of marshmallows.  Place candies or chocolate chips in position for eyes.  Place a row of marshmallows across the line dividing the top and lower half for the cuff of the hat, and place one marshmallow on the top for a pom pom of the hat.  Note:  The crackers will soften after a bit due to the frosting…which I actually kinda like.  But if you want them to stay crisp, just make them and eat right away!

Author: Debbie Nance

I am a working wife and mom, and I live with my family near Charlotte, NC. I am originally from Texas and have lived in a number of states in the southeast due to my job in radio. It sometimes requires moving to chase the dream. My husband and I have been married since 1994 and we host a country music radio show together. I am passionate about cooking and, I spend most of my time watching the Food Network, reading about food and testing new recipes.

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