Santa Bread with Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Butter

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!

Santa Bread Recipe Tutorial

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Whipped 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.

Santa Bread Recipe Tutorial

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!

Santa Bread

This Santa bread has quickly become a family favorite and is so fun to bring to holiday events. You can make your own dough or use french bread dough when pressed for time. Super cute, kids and adults both love it and surprisingly easy to make!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 2 cans refrigerated french bread dough
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 raisins
  • 3 to 5 drops McCormick® Red Food Color


  • Preheat oven to 350˚. Flour your working surface.
  • Remove dough from cans and add a small amount (1/4 of dough) from one dough and add to the other. You will want two portions of bread (one will be slightly larger than the other).
  • Shape the larger dough into a tall and skinny triangle with rounded corners (for Santa's face and hat). Transfer to greased pan.
  • Divide the smaller ball of dough into half. Shape and flatter one piece into a half circle (for Santa's beard). Use pizza cutter or knife to cut into strips within 1 inch of the top of dough.
  • Carefully add to bottom of Santa's face. Twist strips to form Santa's beard.
  • Use remaining dough to form Santa's nose, brim (rectangular shape) & pom for his hat, and mustache (cut into strips similar to his beard). Fold over hat and add pom. Cut slits for eyes and add raisins.
  • Add one egg yolk to two separate bowls. Add 3-5 drops of McCormick® Red Food Color to one bowl and beat well. Paint Santa's hat and nose red. Add red on his cheeks. Brush clear plain egg yolk over the rest of the dough.
  • Cover loosely with foil and bake for 12 minutes (you may want to tent foil so it doesn't rest on the dough). Remove foil and bake for another 10-13 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.


Recipe adapted and originated from Taste of Home.

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).

Santa Bread Recipe Tutorial

Santa Bread Recipe Tutorial

Santa Bread Recipe Tutorial

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!

Santa Bread Recipe Tutorial

Whipped Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter

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By |2023-03-08T11:59:14-05:00November 19th, 2019|food|5 Comments

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  1. Marina November 16, 2019 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Already saved your recipe on Pinterest. This is such a nice idea x

  2. Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat. November 16, 2019 at 10:54 am - Reply

    How stinking cute is this?!?! I love things that look hard but are actually pretty easy 🙂 And that pumpkin spice butter sounds delicious!

  3. Helen Little November 16, 2019 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    What a perfectly seasonal bread! I absolutely love how you have made Santa’s beard! So cool!

  4. Christa November 17, 2019 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Wow, what a masterpiece! I’m not sure o have the skills required to make this amazing bread, but I’m definitely going to give it a try.

  5. Marisa November 18, 2019 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness this is soooo cute… I’d love to make this with my daughter for the holidays!!!! Such a fun idea!!!

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