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Christmas Eve Santa Cookies

On Christmas Eve we always leave out some delicious cookies for Father Christmas as one of our Christmas Eve Traditions. In the past few years, we have been using this easy Christmas Cookies Recipe. So now the kids know that on the day before Christmas Eve we will be making these Vanilla Pudding Christmas Cookies ready for sharing with Santa and the family that comes to stay for Christmas.

Scroll down to find the printable recipe card with information and other Christmas Cookies that we love to make during the Holiday Season.

Christmas Eve Cookies for Santa Claus

After we sit down and read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas we set out our Santa Plate that the kids and I made when they were toddlers.

Place a delicious mince pie, one of these cookies, a carrot for the Reindeer and a glass of Santa’s favourite drink (which could be a Baileys or a Sherry especially if Grandad is staying).

Then the kids head to bed and we are ready for Father Christmas to arrive.

You can guarantee that the Reindeer leaves the end of the carrot, the drink is gone and there may be some crumbs from the mince pie left. But we’re yet to find evidence that Santa didn’t lick the plate clean of these delicious cookies for Christmas Eve.

With peppermint and vanilla plus the festive M&Ms, there is a delicious mix of different Christmas flavours and so easy to make.

Elf on the Shelf with Christmas Eve Cookies for Santa and his Elves

If you are doing Elf on the Shelf this year why not either leave out the Ingredients for the Elves to suggest to your children to make the cookies on the day before Christmas Eve. If you make them from the ingredients why not make a few elf sized and leave them out for your Elves.

Cookies for kids to make at Christmas with Sprinkles and M&Ms perfect for Elf on the Shelf to Leave the ingredients or bring as a treat

Or the elves could leave these cookies out for your kids as a treat on one of the days as you count down to Christmas.

More Christmas Cookies and Treats to Make with the Kids this Year

Discover more Christmas cookies to cook with kids and other treats here on Rainy Day Mum

Simple Kid-Made gift of Gingerbread Snowflakes. A no-fail gingerbread recipe that will not spread and is delicious to eat as well
Easy no-cook recipe for traditional Peppermint Creams ideal for Kids to make and give to friends and family this Christmas.
Inspired by the classic Christmas picture book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs bake these ever so simple Snowball Cookies made with just 3-ingredients.

Our favorite Christmas cookie to make at Christmas with the kids is our Gingerbread Snowflakes. Since my youngest was a toddler we have made these every year and gifted to friends and family.

As a child, I used to make these Peppermint Cream Mice with my grandma for Christmas. They are easy to make and VERY VERY sweet so ideas for your family that have an extra sweet tooth.

Extra easy and ideal to make with toddlers these Snowball Cookies are made with Cake-Mix and perfect to making when you read The Snowman by Raymond Briggs one of our favourite Christmas Books.

How to Make Vanilla Pudding Cookies to Leave for Santa on Christmas Eve

Making Cookie Dough with the kids.

Making this dough is really easy. It is a dough that will spread but if you put it into the fridge to cool for at least an hour in the bowl then you can get it to scoop easily.

Adding sprinkles to cookie ideal. These are peppermint flavour and perfect for Christmas Cookies
Ice-cream scoop cookie dough and place the m&ms on top for these easy Christmas Cookies to cook with Kids
Cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve with Elf on the Shelf
Simple recipe ideal for you and the kids to make to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve with vanilla and peppermint these are full of Christmas flavours.

Cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve

Cerys Parker
Simple recipe ideal for you and the kids to make to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve with vanilla and peppermint these are full of Christmas flavours.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine Christmas
Servings 18 Cookies


  • 115 g unsalted butter room temp.
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 egg room temp
  • 3.4 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 160 g all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp red cake sprinkles
  • 2 tbsp peppermint cookie sprinkles
  • 150 g red and green M&Ms


  • In a large bowl add the butter and brown sugar.
  • Mix till it’s creamed together.
  • Add in the egg, peppermint extract, and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Add pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Add in the flour.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Stir in all of the sprinkles and M&Ms.
  • Cover the bowl and chill for 1 hour.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop shape the dough into small balls.
  • Cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Preheat oven to 175°C.
  • Place chilled cookie dough balls 2” apart on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet.
  • Leave out for Santa and serve to your guests on Christmas Eve.
Keyword Christmas Cookies, Cookies
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