This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
This Santa bread is such a fun and exciting dish and tradition to add to your holidays! It’s surprisingly easy to make, kids absolutely love it and it’s such a fun appetizer to bring to holiday events and celebrations. Serve alongside a pasta dish, soup or my favorite, this decadent and sweet whipped cinnamon pumpkin spice butter!
I love the holidays and one of my favorite things about this time of year is the food and family traditions that we enjoy year after year. I’ve always loved baking and getting creative in the kitchen, but having children and my own family has really transformed it into something that I look forward too. Once the leaves start falling and temperatures plummet, I can’t help but to start thinking about baking and all my favorite holidays dishes. It’s not unlikely to find me slowly strolling the aisles at Meijer and stocking up on all my favorite spices and baking essentials (McCormick® is always one of my go to brands for spices) early in the season to be fully stocked and ready to go on a baking spree.
This Santa bread has been a family favorite for several years now. My kids absolutely go crazy when I make it and it always receives so many compliments (and “ooo’s and ahh’s”) when I bring it to holiday celebrations. It looks super complex, but I promise that even a novice cook or baker can do it relatively easily.
While the original recipe has a recipe to make your own dough (which does taste amazing), I usually just buy refrigerated french bread dough to save myself time and hassle. With a few simple ingredients and McCormick® Red Food Color, you’ll have a jolly and delicious Santa on the table in less than an hour. Kids love being involved in making the Santa bread, especially playing with squishy dough and “painting” Santa, so it’s a great holiday tradition to start with your kiddos.
I’ve included a step by step recipe with lots of pictures to help you create fun memories with your own Santa Bread! Don’t forget to scroll down to grab the recipe with whipped cinnamon and pumpkin spice butter too!
While this bread is great served by itself with salad or a pasta dish, it really shines when paired with sweet and decadent whipped cinnamon and pumpkin spice butter!
Whipped cinnamon and pumpkin spice butter is absolutely delicious, can be made in 5 minutes and addictively good. It encompasses fall and winter flavors, cinnamon and pumpkin spice, and great slathered on Santa bread, toast, pancakes and waffles (or even a little dollop for fall inspired bulletproof coffee). The star ingredients in this butter are high quality McCormick® spices as they lend a deep and rich flavor. Many spices can have lots of fillers which can effect the taste, but McCormick® Cinnamon is pure aged cinnamon for the most robust and bold flavor. McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice is superior to other brands in flavor with a perfect blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice (I use it in my Pecan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl too).
Do you have any special meals or dishes that you make every holiday season?
For more great holiday and everyday recipes, check out the McCormick® recipe page for more inspiration!