These “it’s a small world” Holiday Cookies Bring Classic Disney into Your Home

Image source: Jessica McDonald | Disney Family

My daughter’s favorite Disneyland ride of all time is “it’s a small world” decorated for the holidays! Each year when she sees it all lit up, she gets a look of joy and wonder in her eyes. It’s adorable! Anytime my family visits the Park, she eagerly heads right in the direction of the ride.

To make a special holiday treat for my little girl, I used the “it’s a small world” holiday clock as my sugar cookie inspiration.

it's a small world sugar cookies
Image source: Jessica McDonald

For more Disney magic, try this Mini Mickey Cake:

“it’s a small world” Holiday Cookies


  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp meringue powder
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • Red and gold gel food coloring
  • Piping bags
  • Medium-sized, round piping tip
  • Small, metal spatula (or small butter knife)

Helpful Tip

All cutting should be done by an adult.


  1. Cream together your butter and sugar, then add in your eggs and vanilla. Combine.

  2. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir with rubber spatula.

  3. Cover your mixing bowl and place in the fridge to chill.

  4. Preheat the over to 375° F.

  5. Place dough on parchment paper in a ball, then place another piece of paper on top of the dough. Then roll it out until it is about 1/4″ thick.

  6. Use a small knife to cut the shape of the small world clock with a Santa hat, then place on cookie sheet.

  7. Bake for 7-8 minutes, then allow to cool completely.

  8. Mix together the royal icing ingredients (minus the food coloring) together until peaks form.

  9. Place 1/4 into a piping bag with a medium-size rounded tip, then outline the shape of the clock head and fluffy white parts of Santa’s hat.

  10. Place 3-4 Tbsp of royal icing into a bowl and stir in red food coloring, add 5 Tsp of water, and use it to outline Santa’s hat.

  11. Place the rest of the white icing into a piping bag, and fill in the white parts of your cookie — using a small metal spatula to smooth out the inner frosting.

  12. Add red food coloring to any leftover frosting, and pipe to fill in the red hat — spreading smooth with a small metal spatula.

  13. Use gold food coloring to draw on a face and outline Santa’s hat.

    Image source: Jessica McDonald

Posted 3 years Ago
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