Santa Christmas Milano Cookies

December 14, 2022

Use red and white candy melts, candy eyes, sprinkles, and mini marshmallow bits to turn Milano cookies into Santa Christmas Milano Cookies for the holidays!

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Tis the season for holiday baking!  Truth be told, I am not the biggest fan of baking.  I’d rather cook.  But this time of year I magically become this great – okay, pretty decent and maybe even good – baker!  I basically spend every week in December leading up to Christmas making cookie after cookie recipe, filling tins and trays for friends and family.

But if the Christmas magic doesn’t affect your baking skills in quite the same way, you can still add some adorable holiday cookies to your dessert trays.  All you need are some store bought cookies and some festive cookie decorations!  If you can use a microwave and pop on some sprinkles, you can make this cute Christmas treat!

Despite my long list of Christmas cookies that I make, I’ve wanted to dress up Milano cookies for a few years now.  First, they’re freaking delicious and come in some amazing flavors (the hot chocolate flavors are so good!).  And they’re also the perfect base to dress up with candy melts and sprinkles!

Santa Christmas Milano Cookies

I’m sure you’ve seen cookies dressed up like reindeer, but I wanted to do something a little different.  I wanted to make easy Santa cookies.  All that’s needed to make these are red and white candy melts, round red sprinkles, candy eyes, and mini marshmallow bits!

The first thing we’re going to do is take the cookies out of the package.  If you end up sampling one or two, that’s okay!  Now, we’re going to work one candy melt color at a time.

First, I dipped one end red.  Then, I added a mini marshmallow bit on top.  Now we’re going to dip the other end of the cookie into the white candy melts.  Then, add a red sprinkle for the nose.  Add a little white candy melt to the back of the eyes and pop them into place.

Last, use the white candy melts to form the bottom of the Santa hat.

Place the cookies out on waxed paper or a wire rack to set.  Then, store in a cool, dry place in a cookie tin.

Santa Christmas Milano Cookies

Santa Christmas Milano Cookies


  • 1 package Milano cookies
  • 1 - 12 oz. package red candy melts
  • 1 - 12 oz. package white candy melts
  • Round red sprinkles
  • Candy eyes
  • Mini marshmallow bits


  1. Take the Milano cookies out of the package.
  2. In two small pots, melt each candy melt color over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  3. Dip one end of each cookie into the red candy melts. Then, add a mini marshmallow bit on top.
  4. Dip the other end of the cookie into the white candy melts. Add a round red sprinkle for the nose.
  5. Then, add white candy melt to the back of two candy eyes and place them on the cookie.
  6. Use a toothpick to add white candy melt to the bottom of the hat for trim.
  7. Set the cookies out on waxed paper or a wire rack to set.
  8. Once set, store the cookies in a cool, dry place in a cookie tin.


Milano cookies appear to be nut-free (double check other flavors) so if you have someone in your family with a nut allergy, like we do, they're an allergy-friendly Christmas treat!

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These Santa cookies will look adorable on your holiday cookie trays!  They’d also be a sweet treat to leave out on Christmas Eve!

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