I had a blast making this Santa bread, and I know you will too! Let me show you how to make it with my step-by-step directions!

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I felt like a little kid as I was making this Santa bread. No doubt I had a big smile on my face the entire time. Even as it was baking, I couldn’t help but peek in the oven to see how it adorable it was.

This diy Santa bread has quite a few steps, but I promise it’s not hard to make and won’t take very long to put together!

If you have a favorite bread recipe, feel free to use it. My recipe is below.

Step-By-Step Santa Bread Directions

base for Santa bread


Divide dough in half. (Keeping the half that you’re not working with covered when you’re not using it so it doesn’t dry out.)

Roll out the dough to form your base. Stretch the top of the base and curve it to one side to form a cap.

Place your base on a cookie sheet. (I sprayed mine with cooking spray.)

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For me, the beard was the trickiest part, mostly because I’m such a perfectionist!

I found that the best way to get the correct shape was to roll out the dough and then measure it to the width of the base bottom.

Don’t roll your dough too thin, though, or it will get stringy and won’t puff up when you bake it!

dough being cut into slices for beard

Using a knife dipped in flour, cut thin vertical strips to make Santa’s beard.

Instead of dragging your knife to cut your strips, I recommend rocking your knife up and down in a rocking chair-type motion . (When I dragged it, the pieces became long, thin, stringy, and very hard to work with.)

dough shaped into beard

Continue cutting thin vertical strips the entire length of the dough, leaving a small strip at the top.

dough beard put on santa face beard

Place your beard on the bottom portion of your base.

santa bread dough with beard attached

Tuck any loose pieces of dough under the base to hide them.

dough sliced as mustache


Similar to making the beard, roll out a piece of dough for the mustache.

Cut thin, horizontal strips on the sides.

Gather the dough in the middle to make it look like a mustache.

santa bread dough base with mustache attached

Place your mustache on your base, tucking any loose ends underneath your base.

strip of bread dough on floured surface

Hat Band

Roll out a strip of dough for your hat band. (If it’s too wide, trim it with a knife to your desired size.)

Place the strip of dough on your base and tuck the edges under your base.

dough hat band attached to santa bread base
dough ball for nose attached to Santa bread


Roll a large piece of dough into a round nose and lightly press it in the gathered area of your mustache.

dough shaped as santa bread


Roll two pieces of dough into eyes and place above your mustache.

dough shaped as santa bread with raisins for eyes

If desired, press raisins into dough for eyeballs.


Roll a large piece of dough into your pom-pom and attach to the pointed end of your hat.

dough shaped as santa face with red hat

Brush the face, hat band, and pom-pom with egg yolk.

Add red food coloring to the egg yolk and brush hat.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until it sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom, about 30-45 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

bread shaped in the face of santa

I made my dough in my bread machine using the following recipe.

If you don’t have a bread machine, here are directions to make it by hand!

White Bread Recipe for Santa Bread

1 3/8 cups warm water

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons dry milk

4 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.

When it’s well blended gradually add the water until dough comes forms around the hook.

Continue mixing until the dough is elastic and pulls away from sides of bowl, about 3 minutes.

Turn out onto a floured work surface. Shape into a ball, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.

bread shaped as Santa face with coconut as white for hat band

The Santa Bread is definitely cute just the way it is. If you’d like, you can dress it up with very little work.

Brush the hat band and pom-pom with apple jelly and sprinkle with coconut!

bread shaped as santa with red santa had

This Santa Bread makes a fabulous gift. You’ll love watching your friend’s and family’s faces light up when they see it!

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