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Celebrate the Christmas season with these fun Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies. They are delicious, kid-friendly, and the perfect sweet treat for Santa to enjoy. Make these soft thick cookies using a handful of pantry staples in under an hour and serve with a big ol’ glass of ice cold milk.  

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Reindeer Cookies

These Reindeer Cookies are a fun twist on a classic peanut butter cookie. Take your favorite chewy peanut butter cookies and turn them into a fun, delicious, and oh-so-easy treat that even your kids will love helping you make! 

If you love simple and ridiculously adorable holiday treats, try my Gingerbread Men Cookies this holiday season, too.

If you’re looking for a cute looking cookie to add to your cookie trays, cookie swap, holiday dessert table or Christmas party, these adorable Reindeer Cookies are perfect. They are full of holiday cheer and the whole family will love them.

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These fun little reindeer cookies are an adorable Christmas treat that are tasty enough to serve as a holiday family get-together dessert, cute enough to give as an edible holiday gift, or sweet enough to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve and his elves!

 Serve these Reindeer Cookies with a glass of ice cold milk or even a steaming cup of hot chocolate for a comforting holiday sweet treat.

This easy recipe is a fun way to get the kids involved! Let them make the reindeer head, add the chocolate chip eyes, and assemble the recipe of the face. The best part is no matter which way the kids decorate them, they will still be adorable and delicious.

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INGREDIENTS

  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Mini Pretzels
  • M&Ms
  • Chocolate chips

Sugar:  This recipe calls for a combination of white and brown sugars.  I prefer using light brown sugar in this recipe but dark brown will work as well.  If using dark brown, be aware that cookies will be slightly darker in color once baked.  

Peanut butter:  Creamy peanut butter is best for this recipe.  If you’d like to add extra texture to these cookies, I recommend adding chopped nuts verse using chunky peanut butter.  Avoid using “natural” peanut butter as it does not mix as well.  

Salt: If using salted butter, omit additional salt

All-purpose flour:  Be sure to use all-purpose flour for these cookies.  While I have not tested this recipe using alternative flours, if looking to swap out with gluten-free, be sure to use a 1:1 substitution.

HOW TO MAKE REINDEER COOKIES

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets and set aside.

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STEP TWO:   In large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugars, peanut butter, milk, vanilla, and egg. Mix until light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Place dough in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

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STEP THREE:  To make the reindeer face. use a mini ice cream scoop, place each cookie dough ball onto prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Shape cookies into an upside-down triangle shape, gently press down cookies with the palm of your hand to approximately ½ inch thickness. Add two pretzels to the top to form ears and press a red M&M on the bottom of triangle to form the nose.

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STEP FOUR:  Bake cookies for 10 minutes. Cookies will appear lightly browned and slightly underdone but will set up as they cool. Immediately add two chocolate chips to the center of cookies to form eyes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet prior to transferring to wire rack. Enjoy!

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REINDEER COOKIE VARIATIONS

  • Use chocolate covered pretzels for antlers to add an extra touch of sweetness
  • Use brown M&Ms, chocolate frosting, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips for eyes
  • Not all reindeer are Rudolph! Feel free to use brown M&Ms on some reindeer for their nose
  • Use red hots or red frosting for the nose.
  • Feel free to break apart mini pretzel twists and use the pieces for antlers 
  • For a fun-twist, use edible eyes or candy eyes instead of chips for a more realistic looking cookie
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TIPS FOR REINDEER COOKIES

  • Substitute light brown sugar for the granulated white sugar for an extremely chewy cookie with deep molasses flavor
  • Use room temperature unsalted butter and egg to ensure a smooth batter
  • For a soft and chewy cookie, slightly under bake.  Once cookies look set around the edges, remove from oven and allow them to continue to cook for 5 minutes longer on the baking sheet.  Then transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool. 
  • Cookie batter can be made a day or two in advance.  Wrap and store in fridge until ready to bake. The longer the cookie dough sits the more the flavors develop.
  • Be sure to use creamy peanut butter (I used Jiff brand).  I do not recommend using natural peanut butter for this recipe as it tends to separate and doesn’t mix well with other ingredients. 
  • Dough can be stored in an airtight container and placed in freezer for up to 3 months.  Defrost in the refrigerator before shaping and baking off according to recipe.
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STORING LEFTOVERS

Reindeer cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days (if they last that long).  Or can be frozen for up to 4 months. 

If layering multiple cookies in a container, be sure to place a piece of parchment paper between each layer to keep the decorations from falling off. 

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Reindeer Cookies

Celebrate the Christmas season with these fun Reindeer Cookies.  They are delicious, kid-friendly, and the perfect sweet treat for Santa to enjoy.  Make these soft thick cookies using a handful of pantry staples in under an hour and serve with a big ol' glass of ice cold milk.   
4.49 from 29 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, peanut butter cookies, reindeer cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 26 reindeer cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar; packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter; softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter be sure not to use 100% natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 52 mini pretzels
  • 26 red M&Ms
  • 52 chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together with a stand mixer or electric mixer the butter and sugars. Beat until combined (about 1 minute) and then add peanut butter, milk, vanilla extract and egg. Continue to beat until light, fluffy and combined.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until a cookie dough has formed and all of the ingredients are incorporated. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Do not to over-mix.
  • Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a cooking sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • With a mini ice cream scoop or 2 tablespoons, roll out 26 dough balls, form an upside-down triangle shape and place on the cookie sheet. Bake one cookie sheet at a time. Gently press the cookies down with the palm of your hand just a bit. Add two pretzels to the top to form the ears and press a red M&M on the bottom of the triangle to form the nose.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Once the cookies are baked, immediately (and carefully) add two chocolate chips to the center of the cookies to form the eyes. Let the cookies set on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Enjoy or bake these cookies for Santa to enjoy! 🙂
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Notes

  1. Store any leftover reindeer cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days at room temperature or in the freezer for 4 months.
  2. Be sure to use creamy peanut butter (I used Jiff brand).  I do not recommend using natural peanut butter for this recipe as it tends to separate and doesn’t mix well with other ingredients. 
  3. Use room temperature unsalted butter and egg to ensure a smooth batter
  4. If using salted butter, omit additional salt

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21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So excited to make this with my children! Thanks for sharing and making our kitchen adventures with my children this fun!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, these are too cute. I can’t wait to make them with my kids for our annual cookie exchange. I am a big fan of salty mixed with sweet so I know I’ll love the addition of the pretzels.

  3. I am making the peanut butter reindeer cookies with a group of kids tomorrow.
    December 6th I am bringing a cookie tray to a school event and cannot bring products with nuts. Is there a non nut cookie base I can use instead of peanut butter cookies?
    Thanks much! I know kids love the reindeer cookies. So cute!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Ellen, I hope you all love these festive cookies! You can use any of your favorite cookie dough, sugar cookie dough, butter cookie dough, and chocolate cookie dough would work great. The dough may spread a bit so it may be a good idea to refrigerate the reindeer shape for a few minutes before baking so the dough holds it shape. Enjoy!!

  4. Hi Kathryn-
    I have been looking for this cookie recipe. When my kids were small I picked up a 9×6 recipe book from the grocery store, found at the checkout racks. I moved in 1999 and lost the book. This is similar, except I remember rolling the dough out and cutting into strips and then cut them into triangles to form the cookie. I’m hoping if someone remembers the magazine the could tell me the name of the book.. I have so many Christmas Mags I have searched and searched.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Cheryl