Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup

Santa Clause is coming to town and he wants to have dinner with you. These Santa cookies that hang on a cup will be the topic of conversation at your holiday table and your guests will love eating dinner with the jolly old man from the North Pole.

Cute Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup via www.thebearfootbaker.comIt doesn’t matter if you fill your cups with coffee, hot chocolate or milk for the kiddos just be sure to add a jolly old Saint Nick and watch the conversations begin.

Supplies for Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup:

15 Second Icing in the following colors:

  • White icing
  • Flesh Colored Icing
  • Red Icing

Santa Cookie Cutter
White Sanding Sugar
White Sugar Crystals
Red Sixlet
4mm Black Sugar Pearls
A Cookie Hook to Hang Santa on the Cup

When I started this project, I had a different idea in my head but, it just didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.  I wanted Santa to look like he is peeking out of the top of the coffee cup. I used a flower cutter to make hands before I baked it but, when I hung them on the cups, they were to low. I like the Santa head without the hands just as much as I like the one with the hands. It is funny how things can change once a project is started.

Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup by www.thebearfootbaker.comThe next time I make these, I will be more careful where I place the hangers.

Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup via www.thebearfootbaker.comFor this tutorial, I will show you how to make the Santa peeking out of the cup. If you want to use a Santa face only, then don’t add the hands.

  • With a food safe marker, outline the hands and the face.
  • Outline and flood them with the flesh colored icing.
  • While the face is wet, add the 4mm candy pearls and a sixlet nose.

Outline and flood the hat with the red icing and let Santa dry overnight.Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup with thebearfootbaker.comNext, outline and flood the hat brim and the ball of the hat with white icing. While the white icing is wet, place the cookie into a coffee filter and sprinkle with sanding sugar and shake off the excess.

Cute Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup with thebearfootbaker.comUse a dry paint brush to dust off the remaining sanding sugar.

Easy Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup with thebearfootbaker.comNext, outline and flood the beard with white icing and let it dry for about an hour.

Fun Santa Cookies that Hang on a Cup via www.thebearfootbaker.comThen, outline and flood the mustache with the white icing and sprinkle with white sanding sugar or white sugar crystals. You can use either one but, I like the look of the sugar crystals for a cute little mustache.

Let this dry completely before you add the hanger on the back. For the tutorial on how to add the hanger go to Mike at Semi Sweets Father’s Day tie cookies. I am in awe of these cookies and his creativity! That is what inspired Santa and these Gingerbread Men Coffee Cup Cookies and these Stocking Place Card Cookies.

I hope Jolly Old Saint Nick can join you for dinner this Christmas.

Bear Hugs,



  1. Oh….I can’t even!!! This is so adorable! My kids would love to find something like this on their mugs come christmas morning!!!

  2. Too cute. Where did you purchase the mini Santa face cookie cutter? Thank you.

  3. These are so stinking cute.

  4. I love this idea!!!

  5. Man, you’ve got me so ready for Christmas with this post! Great point about planning out where to place the hook on the back before attaching it. That’s something I would have easily glossed over if I were to attempt another hanging cookie. Thanks for the link to my hanging ties!

  6. In love with the cute little marshmallows on the side :) They look like my logo!!

    • Haha!! They do kinda look like your logos! You need to make some because people would love to buy them from the Marshmallow Studio! I know I would!!

  7. What a fun Santa design. I do see what you were going for originally, and they would have looked so cute had they sat on the cups as you’d hoped, but the ones without hands are just as cute.

  8. Adorable and would be such a special addition to Xmas breakfast!

  9. Both version of Santa are adorable. Such a cute idea. I think Santa would look very cute hanging onto a wine or cocktail glass too :)

  10. Ok, these are so adorable. love the sanding sugar effect :)

  11. These cookies are adorable. I love the little marshmallows with faces too! Too cute!

  12. Total cuteness, darling little Santa!
    Isn’t funny how sometimes things DON’T turn out exactly as you had them pictured in your head? Weird, right!? LOL!

  13. Would you look at those sweet little Santa’s!!! I would love to HANG out with one while having my coffee! :)

  14. I want Santa to come to my house! Love the texture you created with the sugar … adorable :)

  15. Santa with my hot chocolate! Perfect! : )

  16. Such a cute little Santa face!!!! I’m drinking a cup of coffee right now and it looks so lonely after seeing this post!!! Great job, Lisa!!! <3

  17. I can’t even say how much I love these, Lisa! They are just fabulous!

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