Secret Santa

Guess who came by this morning while I was baking some Christmas cookies… Santa!! Well, Secret Santa. We all know that the real one is too busy right now to visit.

Mr. Mailman, one of Santa’s helpers, delivered this gift sended straight from Andalusia, where another Santa’s helper lives. Is a book with a bunch of soup recipes and a package of rice paper… I loved it! Thank you Chica Andaluza 🙂

The initiative to this fun game came from Tandy, from Lavender and Lime, thanks to you too Tandy. They are both wonderful bloggers, so feel free to take a look.

These cookies are the first batch of many more to come. Normally we bake cookies for Santa on Christmas day, but this year we are spending the holidays at Panama, so we probably won’t have the time and/or the opportunity to make them there (lot to visit). So, this year we are starting a bit early in order to leave some cookies for Santa and the Kings in case they decide to come while we are gone…

They are very easy to make and everybody will love to participate in the decorating. I still have a lot more to paint… so let’s see how they work.


1 ½ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar


3 tbsp. butter, softened
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. milk
Food coloring, optional
Colored sugar or edible glitter


In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture until completely blended. Chill for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a ¼ inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 ºF (180 ºC) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

For frosting, cream butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and milk. If necessary, thin with additional milk to desire spreading consistency. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Spread frosting over cookies and decorate with colored sugar.

This recipe yields tons of cookies. It depends on the size of the cutters. About 60 or 80 cookies.


24 Replies to “Secret Santa”

  1. Gorgeous cookies, they look good enough to eat and how wonderful having Tanya as your Secret santa, you lucky thing,, I look forward to hearing more about Panama!.. c

    1. Hi Tandy!
      Yes the Christmas vibe is all over the blogsphere, is like thanks giving and all the pumpkin recipes 😉
      I’ll love to see your recipes for cookies, I bet they are delicious.
      Thanks to you for orchestrating the whole thing!
      P.S. It appears that my secret Santa recipient hasn’t received the gift yet and I send it like a week ago, should I say something?

      1. hi, you will see that Tanya got your gift yesterday, when the postman arrived. He only visits them once a week – and you sent her such a beautiful gift 🙂

  2. I was just Secret Santa´s Little Helper. I think the elves have one of their workshops in my spare bedroom as it´s full of presents waiting to be wrapped right now 🙂 I really need to make some cookies soon and I love butter frosting…I´m sure Santa and Los Reyes will be popping by for your children!

    1. Thanks Tanya!
      Será mejor que te pongas a ello ahora mismo porque la navidad está aquí ya…
      Seguramente se pasen por aquí los Reyes (Santa is expected in Panama), por si acaso les dejaremos galletas, vino y turrón para que sean muy generosos 😉

    1. Hi John!
      Thank you very much for the compliment 🙂
      Yes the family is excited and I’m exhausted with all the preparative 😉
      But soon we’ll be there, relaxing and having fun… hurray!

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