The holidays can be a hectic time of year, so it’s important to carve out some quiet family time in the middle of all the flurry of parties, shopping trips, travel planning, Christmas pageants, parades, visits to Santa, marathon wrapping sessions, and all the other activities the season calls for. Baking together is a fun, peaceful way to spend an afternoon or evening with your children, maybe listening to your favorite Christmas songs and sipping some eggnog. These reindeer cookies are a delicious way to get your kids involved because they have several steps that are easy for kids to do, like adding the eyes, nose and antlers. And apart from the memories, you’ll also end up with some cookies, which is always a good way to end up.
1 recipe basic gingerbread (try our recipe here)
large bag pretzels
red or brown jelly beans
Make and chill the dough. Get our simple recipe here (simply omit the salt and pepper).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Pinch off 2″ of dough and roll into a ball. Pinch the ball on one side (to create the reindeer’s snout), place on the prepared cookie sheet, and gently flatten with your hand. Place the pretzel antlers, raisin eyes, and jelly bean nose into place. We added some extra dough to keep the antlers in place, and you may want to too.
Bake the reindeer cookies for 6 minutes, rotate the cookie sheet, and bake for 2 – 4 minutes longer, just until the cookies are set.
Cool for 5 minutes, and carefully remove to a rack to cool.