Total Time
1hr 2mins
Prep 50 mins
Cook 12 mins

I was at my friends house as a little girl, some 48 years ago, and her mom let us help her make these cookies. We had so much FUN decorating the faces. It is a memory that I truly cherish and one that I want to share with you. These are "THE BEST" cookies, and ones that kids love to make, so be creative! Preparation time does not include the time to chill the dough. The time varies depending on how much time you take to make your face parts, and decorate your cookies.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream butter, confectionary sugar, and vanilla.
  2. Beat in egg.
  3. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. Gradually stir into creamed mixture. Mix well.
  5. Shape dough into roll 2 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. Wrap in waxed paper.
  6. Chill several hours or overnight.
  7. When ready to bake preheat oven to 375.
  8. Cut into slices 1/4" thick.
  9. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Shape gum drops into eye, nose, mouth and ear shapes. The kids love this part!
  11. Decorate cookies with gumdrop pieces to make the faces.
  12. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  13. Cool slightly before removing from pan.
  14. Place on cookie rack to cool.
Most Helpful

I had so much fun making these with my niece. She loved decorating them with the faces and made all kinds of funny ones! I used the spice gum drops and they made the cookies taste so good when you bit into one. We are giving them to all the kids in the family on their Christmas gifts along with a bow.

Amanda's Pantry! December 18, 2008

I couldn't wait to make these for my DIL's baby shower. I followed the directions to a T, then after baking, trimmed the faces in blue or pink around the edge. My DIL is having twins so I thought it would be a cute idea to make some cookie faces. Everyone thought they were so cute and wanted to keep them instead of eat them, but I urged them to take a bite! They were enjoyed by all and the topic of conversation as we were munching out! Great recipe Linda!

wendyt57 June 08, 2008

I saw this recipe recently and decided to make them with my grandaughter today. She was here for the holiday and I wanted to do something special with her. She is 3 and really enjoyed cutting out the eyes, noses, ears and mouths for these tasty cookies. We made big round faces, and they looked so cute coming out of the oven. They tasted great too! Great idea for sharing with the little ones Linda. My grandaughter and I loved making them together, and everyone else loved eating them! Arlene Added Note: I made these again with my grandaughter over the weekend and we made santa faces with icing along with using the gumdrops for the faces. They came out so cute! We had such a great time together. This will be a tradition with us each year now Linda. It was a SPECIAL day for both of us. Thank you again!

ImACookingDiva December 03, 2007