Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Gingerbread reindeer cookies are a quick easy cookie that you can make with your family that does not require any baking. Therefore, you will have all the fun of making them together without too much time or effort.

Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

This gingerbread reindeer cookie recipe is a no bake, quick but cute cookie that starts with all store bought ingredients for a fun cookie project. Yep, no need for cookie cutters, all purpose flour, eggs or all the mess. Create a fun and delicious cookie with your kids in only minutes.


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What We Love About This Reindeer Cookies Recipe

The holidays can be tough. Busy and stressful. Why not make a cute cookie with your kids that requires little mess, little time and is still delicious. No baking sheet, electric mixer or oven required.

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  • 5 Minutes: Make in minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only 5 ingredient.
  • Family Friendly: A great project to make with your kids.
Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies on snowflakes.

Ingredient Notes

Plain cookies befor decorating.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Antlers- Pipe melting chocolate onto parchment paper and allow to set for edible antlers.
  • Eyes – Pipe on black icing and make black dots for eyes or use chocolate chips.
  • Gingerbread man Cookies: Find undecorated gingerbread men and work with them upside down to look like reindeer.

How to Make Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies

These are the basic steps for making reindeer cookies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Assembling and decorating the dessert.

STEP 1: PREP

First, lay out some parchment paper on the table and then fill a piping bag with the frosting, place your red candies in a bowl and the candy eyes in another.

STEP 2: FACE

Second, to make the faces, on the front side of the cookies pipe small dots of frosting where the eyes and nose will be. Then place eyes and m&m nose on the frosting dot.

STEP 3: FILLING

Then make the sandwich by piping icing on the back of one cookie and place the antlers on the mixture and top with the decorated cookie. Se on a wire rack to harden.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can make these cookies a week in advance or longer if you plan on freezing.

STORE THIS RECIPE IN THE FRIDGE

Yes, you should refrigerate cookies that has cream cheese frosting. Do not leave at room temperature. Cover well with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Indeed they can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months. Sore in a single layer with layers of waxed paper between the layers.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

There are many sugar free or keto versions of gingerbread cookies that would be great to use with this recipe.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT COOKIE?

Of course, you can use any type of cookie that you desire, The gingerbread just have that beautiful reindeer color.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course you can make as many or as few of these adorable reindeer cookies.

CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENT FLAVOR OF FROSTING?

Of course, try eggnog frosting, or a spice frosting with cinnamon and more ground ginger. A brown sugar frosting would be wonderful. Also, try adding sprinkles to the sides of your sandwich cookies.

One Gingerbread Reindeer Cookie.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use pretzels for the antlers, then the cookie will all be edible.
  • Variation tip: Use a sugar cookie dipped in chocolate for the base. Then stick the candies directly to the chocolate before it sets.
  • Smaller Version: Try an oreo cookie for the base of your reindeer cookie and stick the antlers into the frosting.
  • Meringue Powder: Want the candies to really stick? Make a paste like this that hardens.
  • Make Your Own: Have a great recipe for gingersnaps and cream cheese icing. Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to make the reindeer cookies or form into disks.

What to Serve with Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies


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Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies
5 from 1 vote

Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

Yield: 12 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Gingerbread reindeer cookies are a quick easy cookie that you can make with your family that does not require any baking. Therefore, you will have all the fun of making them together without too much time or effort.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 24 Gingersnap cookies
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese frosting
  • 12 Red mini M&M’s
  • 24 Sugar decorator eyes

Instructions

  • Fill piping bag with cream cheese frosting.
  • To make the faces, on the front side of the cookies pipe small dots of frosting where the eyes and nose will be.
  • Then place eyes and m&m nose on the frosting dot.
  • To make the sandwich part, pipe frosting over entire backside surface of the cookies.
  • Put the face cookie on top of the piped frosting.
  • Place the antlers in between the layers.
  • Rudolf is ready!

Expert Tips

 
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use pretzels for the antlers, then the cookie will all be edible.
  • Variation tip: Use a sugar cookie dipped in chocolate for the base. Then stick the candies directly to the chocolate before it sets.
  • Smaller Version: Try an oreo cookie for the base of your reindeer cookie and stick the antlers into the frosting.
  • Meringue Powder: Want the candies to really stick? Make a paste like this that hardens.
  • Make Your Own: Have a great recipe for gingersnaps and cream cheese icing. Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to make the reindeer cookies or form into disks.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cookies, gingerbread, gingersnap, reindeer

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