Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

If you’re looking to get into the Holiday spirit this complicated, but actually easy santa bread recipe will sure to impress your family and friends.

It makes for a great centerpiece for your holiday lunch or dinner. Better yet, as a gift for neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends.

Incidentally, if you don’t want to dabble with flour, a cheat version calls for just purchasing pre-made bread dough from your local grocer store.

Original source for recipe: Taste of Home ‘Golden Santa Bread’


•4 to 4-1/2 cups bread flour

•1/2 cup sugar

•2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

•1-1/2 teaspoons salt

•1/2 cup milk

•1/4 cup water

•1/4 cup butter, cubed

•2 eggs

•2 raisins

•2 egg yolks

•2 to 3 drops red food coloring


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Beat in the eggs until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.

2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into two portions, one slightly larger than the other. Shape the larger portion into an elongated triangle with rounded corners for Santa’s head and hat. Divide the smaller portion in half. Shape and flatten one half into a beard. Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut into strips to within 1 in. of top. Position on Santa’s face; twist and curl strips if desired.Adding a twist to the beard gives santa that nostalgic look.4. Use the remaining dough for the mustache, nose, hat pom-pom and brim. Shape a portion of dough into a mustache; flatten and cut the ends into small strips with scissors. Place above beard. Place a small ball above mustache for nose. Fold tip of hat over and add another ball for pom-pom. Roll out a narrow piece of dough to create a hat brim; position under hat.

5. With a scissors, cut two slits for eyes; insert raisins into slits. In separate small bowls, beat egg each yolk. Add red food coloring to one yolk; carefully brush over hat, nose and cheeks. Brush plain yolk over remaining dough.

6. Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf

From our home to yours…Happy Holidays and Good Wishes for the New Year!

Jolly old St. Nicholas,

Lean your ear this way.

Don’t you tell a single soul

What I’m going to say.

Christmas Eve is coming soon.

Now, you dear old man,

Whisper what you’ll bring to me.

Tell me if you can.

Jolly ‘Ole St. Nick©The Cooking Apprentice 🎅🏼