I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas Cookies

We all know that this is the most wonderful time of the year and I think it has to do with cookies! Don’t you agree? Or maybe it is because I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas! Don’t you want a hippopotamus for Christmas? How about hippopotamus cookies for Christmas?

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas - Decorated Christmas Cookies www.thebearfootbaker.com

People who have never decorated a cookie or never even thought about it get the “Cookie Fever” and those of us that have it year round seem to be on some kind of weird sugar rush that turns us into crazed elves on crack! It scares everyone we come in contact with but, it’s OK! We will be back to normal come December 26th.

Like most kids, I thought the magic of Christmas was asking Santa for anything you wanted. I was a weird kid and asked for all kinds of weird things that never in a million years would have fit in Santa’s sleigh. One year I wanted a tree that would be perfect for a tree swing that I didn’t have. I also wanted a monkey. I wanted it to help me clean my room. Then, I heard it! The song that was the inspiration of my Christmas list for years to come! “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!” How did they know I wanted a hippo? Have you heard the song? Sing it with me:

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don’t want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

YEP! For the next 4 years, I wanted a hippopotamus! To bad my mom didn’t make cookies ’cause, I think these simple little cookie would have done the trick and then I could have asked for what I really wanted, an ELEPHANT!

Supplies for Hippopotamus for Christmas Cookies:

Gray Icing
Black Icing or 4mm beads for eyes.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe

I got this super cute cutter from The Cookie Cutter Company. It was perfect for this project! Outline and flood the hippo with the gray icing and add the eye while the icing is still wet! SO SIMPLE!

Can you tell what this cutter is? I trimmed the bottom a little but, if you look close, I bet you can see it. It is a ladybug! I did squish it a bit.

Anyway, outline the hippo. Flood the ears and let dry for a few minutes.
Next, flood the face and add the eyes and let it dry for a few more minutes.
Then, flood the rest of the big guy and let it dry enough to add 2 black circles for the nose. You can make them with a food safe marker like this one.

NOTE: If you have trouble with the bead eyes bleeding, try making your icing thicker. The extra water in your icing will draw out the colors of the bead and it will bleed. Want to know where I learned this? It was from Sweet Sugar Belle ’cause she is so super smart!!! I don’t think she has blogged about it but, I asked her one day.

So, the next time your kids ask Santa for something that he could never ever in a million years fit into his sleigh, make them “I want a hippopotamus Christmas Cookies” instead. Maybe they will get a good laugh out of it and ask for something smaller.

Happy Creating,



  1. That full body hippo cookie cutter is ca-ray-zee cute!! I love it! I made hippo heads a while back, but the full body is a wonderful shape all until itself :)

  2. Oh Lisa – you are too funny! No wonder I love you so much – I wanted a few weird things myself only I won’t admit what they were. Glad you finally got your Hippo for Christmas – and a super cute one at that!!

  3. So fun and cute, Lisa! I love those huge noses :) I finally bought some black pearl beads – so excited to use them!

  4. Oh, my goodness! These are SO cute!!!! I only recently learned off the song and have been humming it ever since! Lisa, these are just precious!! Love them!!! That one guy is really making me smile!

  5. Lisa, you’ve done it again. I mean really, they are cute, simple, (I think I can do these) and I know the grandsons will love them. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  6. I was just humming this song on the way to work when it came on the Christmas radio station. That jumbo hippo head is super cute!!

  7. That is MY favorite Christmas song. It’s my ringtone on my phone. And I LOOOOVE hippos. I actually have a collection of hippo figurines. And I love these cookies! Adorable!

  8. there are the cutest hippos ever!!

    i have never heard that song but it’s pretty hilarious and these cookies would definitely be perfect for any kid who asked for a hippo!

  9. I want a hippo for Christmas.

  10. This post made me laugh, your cookies made me smile and now I know that song is going to be in my head for days :)

  11. Forget a puppy… I want a hippo for Christmas!

  12. I never thought I would want a Hippo for Christams…but oddly enough, now I do!

  13. Kathy Kmonk says:

    These are too cute!

  14. Just curious as to what kind of icing you use or if you have a recipe? I need to make purple hippos for a baby shower coming up and these are PERFECT.

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