Call me a sucker, but I’m always rooting for the underdog. In sports, politics, bands… whatever it may be, I’m always going for the guy that isn’t supposed to “make it.” Even when I first heard my favorite old Christmas tale of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” I found myself cheering for this poor ostracized cutie when I was a wee little girl. Needless to say, the first time I showed my 4-year-old son the movie of Rudolph, I was excited with anticipation as to how my little guy would react to it. I wasn’t disappointed. He got a little emotional when the all the other reindeers wouldn’t allow Rudolph to play with them just because he was different. By the end of the film, he was screaming with joy when our red-nosed hero saved the stormy Christmas by lighting up the sky for Santa.
Ever since then, Max, my son, is really intrigued with everything reindeer. Due to this newfound obsession, I decided that this year he and I would make a project in the kitchen to celebrate these furry little sleigh pullers. I made reindeer cookies and had a wonderful time decorating them with my son.
Reindeer Cookies 1 of 14
Make these cute reindeer cookies for your next gathering.
Ingredients 2 of 14
What you'll need to play reindeer games.
Peanut Butter And Butter 3 of 14
Get creamy! Cream these two creams together for 3 minutes or until completely combined.
Mamma’s Little Helper 4 of 14
My boy mixing the flour and baking powder together for me.
My Dough 5 of 14
Once the dough comes together it is time to get to our reindeers.
Tablespoon 6 of 14
Use a tablespoon for perfectly measured dough each time.
Roll Into A Ball 7 of 14
With both hands roll dough into a ball.
Sugar Dip 8 of 14
Dip dough into the sugar and roll to coat completely.
Baking Mat 9 of 14
Smash down the balls of dough with the palm of your hand.
Antler Insert 10 of 14
Insert pretzels into the raw dough before baking. Bake for 14 minutes.
Red Nose 11 of 14
As soon as cookies come out of oven stick a red candy into the center of the cookie.
X or O 12 of 14
Once cookies cool, make eyes with a black icing. I used a #2 tip to make either "x" shaped eyes or little dots.
Knocked Out 13 of 14
The "x" on the eye makes for a super cartoony look.
Reindeer Games 14 of 14
Ingredients for red nosed reindeer cookies:
- 1 – stick butter (room temp)
- 1 1/2 – cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/2 – cup sugar
- 1/2 – cup brown sugar
- 2 – eggs
- 1 1/4 – cups flour
- 1 – teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 – cup sugar for rolling
- red candy
- Black icing
- Preheat oven for 350 degrees fahrenheit.
- In a mixer cream together butter and peanut butter for about 3 minutes.
- Add in both sugars. Beat for 6 minutes.
- Add in eggs and mix until combined.
- In a bowl mix flour and baking powder, then pour into the peanut butter mixture.
- Mix until dough forms.
- Spoon out 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, then roll in sugar
- Place on a mat lined cookie sheet and smash slightly with the palm of your hand.
- Repeat until all dough is ready.
- Break a pretzel into antler shapes and stick into raw dough.
- Bake for 14 minutes.
- As soon as the cookies come out of the oven press the red candy into the center while still hot.
- Let cookies cool.
- Draw eyes with black icing.
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