I asked my mom where she had bought them, so I could also get some.....uhm 30 years later? It was in Oklahoma in the 1960's. Aunt Chick's was the manufacturer. It was started by a little woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her name was Nettie McBirney. The line of cookie cutters was started in 1948.
Although the company was out of business, I was able to find an Aunt Chick's following on the Internet. Grandma's Cutters is a website that sells replicas of the old Aunt Chick's cutters as well as many other vintage knock offs. Ebay is a great place to look if you want the original antique version of the cookie cutter. I went for the antique set. Make sure there is a recipe included. Only Aunt Chick's special recipe works.
Rolling and pounding the little Santa's is arduous work, but well worth the happiness as the form takes shape. Raisins are put in for the eyes before the dough is cooked. After the dough is punched out, it helps to put the sweet little faces in the fridge to chill before popping in the oven.
There are many variations for decorating the Santa's. The instructions noted using coconut for the beard. My mother did use coconut, but since my son has an allergy to coconut, I used sparkling sugar crystals. To make the cheeks blush I used, as did my mother, watered down red food coloring. Applying it carefully makes the Santa come to life.