Santas Whiskers

Santa’s Whiskers are a slice and bake shortbread cookie. Full of chopped candied cherries and pecans, it is rolled in coconut and refrigerated overnight before baking. Once baked, the coconut will crisp up and resemble Santa’s Whiskers, hence the name of the cookie!

These cookies are great to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve, or to include as part of your holiday gift trays!

Santas Whiskers

Every year, for the cookie swap, we are to make a cookie that we have not blogged before. I always choose a cookie that I have not made before also. Little did these bloggers know that they were my guinea pigs! In all reality, if they hadn’t turned out, I would have made them something else so I did know they were yummy before I sent them!

Santas Whiskers

These cookies were so easy to make. I love the fact that once the logs are shaped and wrapped you can store them in the freezer until you are ready to bake them!

Santas Whiskers
Santas Whiskers

Once the cherries and pecans are combined you divide the dough into three portions. You’re going to make cookie logs!

Santas Whiskers

The logs are then rolled in coconut. I use unsweetened flaked coconut.

Santas Whiskers

I wrapped my logs in the Press & Seal wax paper wrap then put them in the freezer for about an hour.

Santas Whiskers

Remove from the freezer and cut into about 1/4 inch slices. I wasn’t extremely consistent. Some were thinner than others but did good for the most part!

Santas Whiskers
Santas Whiskers

These cookies are great for shipping. They are a sturdy cookie, easy to pack, and should make the journey quite safely to where they are going.

What are your favorite cookies to make for shipping or giving away to family and friends?

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Santa's Whiskers
Santas Whiskers

Santa's Whiskers

A slice and bake shortbread cookie with cherries and pecans that is shaped into a log and rolled in coconut.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, christmas cookies, Cookies, Santa's Whiskers, Shortbread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 27 minutes
Servings: 80 cookies
Calories: 141kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped red candied cherries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut


  • In a large mixing bowl using electric hand mixer cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add almond milk and vanilla and beat well. Ad flour and beat until well mixed. Dough will be very stiff.
  • Stir in cherries and pecans.
  • Divide dough into thirds and shape each third into 7 inch rolls. Roll in coconut flakes to coat. Wrap and chill for several hours or overnight.
  • Cut dough into 1/4 inc slices. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 12 minutes. Remove and cool. Makes 80 cookies.


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. […] food bloggers and in return got one dozen cookies from three other food bloggers. I received  Santa’s Whiskers from Grumpy’s Honey Bunch, Chocolate Covered Shortbread cookies from Gather for Bread, and […]

  2. Sarah E. December 16, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Those are so stinkin’ cute, Shelby! And festive 🙂 Love ’em!

  3. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 18, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Happy Holidays! Just wanted to check in with you to see if you recieved my Orange Pecan Cookies that I sent, since you were one of my matches. Your cookies look great.

  4. […] Santa’s Whiskers are so fun, and are the perfect Christmas cookie recipe to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve! This shortbread cookie is a refrigerator cookie full of cherries, pecans and coconut! […]

  5. Anonymous October 31, 2019 at 8:19 pm - Reply


  6. […] Santa’s Whiskers cookies are a fun cookie to make with the kids! We would leave these out on Christmas Eve for Santa to enjoy before he went on his merry way! […]

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