Reindeer Cookies

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5 from 2 votes
Having children help bake these Reindeer Cookies will make the holidays memorable. These fun treats will be a new family tradition to bake every year.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 22 minutes

Having children help bake these Reindeer Cookies will make the holidays memorable. These fun treats will be a new family tradition to bake every year.

Reindeer cookies on a white plate with extra cookies in the background.

These Reindeer Chocolate Sugar Cookies are just so cute. Kids of all ages enjoy making them and contributing to the fun of the holiday season and also get the opportunity to make something delicious to eat.

Why these Reindeer Chocolate Sugar Cookies work

At the first mention of Santa, kids start getting excited for the holiday. Did yo know that the first mention of Santa using Reindeer to pull his sleigh was in New York in the early 1800’s. Find out more here.

These Reindeer Cookies are fun to make but more importantly, they are delicious to eat. They have all of the great flavors that you love and look adorable on a cookie platter.

There are only a few simple ingredients and it’s a great baking project that kids love to help with.

Be sure to make a double batch because they are great to give as gifts for teachers, grandparents and friends.

How to Make Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe – Step by Step 

  • Cream Ingredients: In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and beat some more. Next add all of the dry ingredients into the mix: flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.
  • Chill Dough: Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.)
Step by step instructions for making reindeer chocolate sugar cookies.
  • Cut Out: Roll out the cookie dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch in size. Use a round cookie cutter, about 2 inches in diameter, to cut out 12-15 cookies. Press 2 pretzel halves on the top of each cookie – these will act as the reindeer’s antlers.
  • Preheat Oven: Then bake for 7 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  • Decorate: Add the decorations to turn these into adorable reindeer.
Step by step instructions for making reindeer chocolate sugar cookies.

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Recommendations for Making Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Making Reindeer Cookies can be a breeze as long as you do not take short cuts in the preparation. So here are a few tips:

  • Always keep your dough cold. Especially, if you are doing several batches, just take out a little at a time.
  • Furthermore, roll the dough from the inside out to reduce the chance of splits and tears
  • Also, do not over work your dough. It can produce a bad cookie. Just mix until ingredients are combined and try not to overwork when rolling.
A close up of reindeer cookies with a string of silver pearls on the table.

Recommendations for Making Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Now that you have baked a beautiful reindeer cookie it is now time to decorate them.

  • First, allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. It is important to make sure that the cookie has completely cooled before decorating.
  • If you do not have piping bags and tips, try using a zip lock bag and cut a hole in one corner.
  • Stand the bags in a glass to fill them or in between decorating so that the icing stays in the right spot and does not get all over.
  • Let the icing set before transferring them to a plate or tin.

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Reindeer cookies on a white plate with a string of silver pearls draped around.

Expert Tips for Making the Best Reindeer Cookies

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for bigger batches.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Premade Decorations: Get premade googly eyes or add some extra flair to you cookies with coated candies.
  • Orange Zest: If you love those chocolate Oranges during the holidays, you can replicate the flavor with a little orange zest in the cookies.

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Reindeer Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Having children help bake these Reindeer Cookies will make the holidays memorable. These fun treats will be a new family tradition to bake every year.
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Servings: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour + extra for rolling
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 12-15 hard pretzels snapped in half
  • Black and red decorating frosting

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and beat some more.
  • Next add all of the dry ingredients into the mix: flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.
  • Mix and knead until a cookie dough forms.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Once the chilling time is up, remove the cookie dough from the fridge.
  • Sprinkle a smooth surface with flour. Add flour on a rolling pin as well.
  • Roll out the cookie dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch in size.
  • Use a round cookie cutter, about 2 inches in diameter, to cut out 12-15 cookies.
  • Press 2 pretzel halves on the top of each cookie – these will act as the reindeer’s antlers.
  • Bake for 7 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  • With a round piping tip, pipe out a red nose and two black dots (for eyes) on the reindeer.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for bigger batches.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Premade Decorations: Get premade googly eyes or add some extra flair to you cookies with coated candies.
  • Orange Zest: If you love those chocolate Oranges during the holidays, you can replicate the flavor with a little orange zest in the cookies.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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