Christmas Reindeer Cookie Recipes

Reindeer Christmas Cookie Recipes

Every year it seems we scour the web looking for fun and creative Christmas holiday cookies to make with our families. Last year, we came across several fun reindeer cookie recipes that the kids LOVED! They were easy to make and so adorable.

In this article, we'll share those two recipes plus a few more that we found this year. We are looking forward to letting Rudolph's nose shine bright on the treat plate that we leave out for Santa this year. And we've found some great recipes for "reindeer food" so the kids can feel like they are feeding Santa's reindeer too.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

1. Easy Reindeer Cookies


  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated gingerbread or peanut butter cookies
  • 64 small pretzel twists or chocolate-covered pretzels
  • 64 semisweet chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup)
  • 16 candied cherries, cut in half or red M&M candies

Heat oven to 350°F. Unwrap the roll of refrigerated cookie dough. With hands, shape the roll into a triangle-shaped log. (If dough is too soft to cut, place in freezer 30 minutes.)

With thin sharp knife (or cheese cutter), cut dough into 32 (1/4-inch-thick) triangular slices. Place triangular cookie wedges on ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Place 2 pretzel twists on each triangle near corners to form the reindeer antlers.

Place cookies in the oven and bake according to package directions (about 7 to 11 minutes). While still warm, lightly press 2 chocolate chips into each cookie for eyes and 1 cherry half for nose. Let cookies stand on the sheet for a few minutes to cool.

Remove from cookie sheets and move to cooling rack or hard surface. Let cookies stand until chocolate chips are set, about 15 to 30 minutes. If the kids don't eat all the reindeer cookies, they can be stored between sheets of waxed paper in tightly covered container.

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2. Frosted Reindeer Cookies

Frosted Reindeer Cookies

Image Credit: Maureen Davis on Flickr


  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup vanilla ready-to-spread frosting
  • 64 small pretzel twists
  • 64 semisweet chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup)
  • 16 gumdrops, cut in half

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large mixing bowl, break up cookie dough and work flour into dough until well blended (your hands are the best tool for this job!). Remove cookie dough from the bowl and shape into its original log size, but make it more triangular shaped. (If dough is too soft to cut, place in freezer 30 minutes.)

With thin sharp knife, cut dough into about 32 (1/4-inch-thick) triangular slices. Place cookie slices approximately 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 7 to 11 minutes at 350°F or until set. Cool 1 minute on sheet then move cookies to a cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 to 30 minutes.

Frost cookies with white vanilla frosting. Place 2 pretzel twists on each triangle near corners for antlers. Lightly press 2 chocolate chips into each cookie for eyes and 1 halved gumdrop for nose. For the Rudolph effect, I suggest using red gumdrops or red M&M's.

Store these adorable Christmas cookies between sheets of waxed paper in tightly covered container. Pack these adorable cookies up in tins or holiday gift baskets to give your child's teacher, the mailman, and friends.

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3. Nutter Butter Reindeer CookiesNutter Butter Reindeer Cookies


  • 16 ounces chocolate-flavored candy coating
  • 64 mini pretzel twists
  • 1 (16 ounce) package Nutter Butter sandwich cookies
  • 64 miniature M&M baking bits (blue or green) or white mini chocolate chips (for eyes)
  • 32 red cinnamon candies or red miniature M&M baking bits

Microwave the chocolate in a small glass dish on high for 3 minutes, stirring several times.

Line cookie sheets with wax paper or sil-pat. Dip each Nutter Butter cookie in the chocolate and place on the wax paper. Press two mini M&M's or white chocolate chips to make the reindeer eyes and a red candy or M&M to make the nose. You can use black piping gel to make the pupils on the eyes.

Form the antlers by dipping a small portion of each mini pretzel twist in chocolate and adhering it to the cookies on each side.

Let chocolate covered oreo cookies or Nutter Butters set up either at room temperature or in the refrigerator if you are in a hurry.

Santa & Reindeer Cookie Bouquet

Santa & Reindeer Cookie Bouquet
Isn't this Santa and his reindeer cookie bouquet adorable? It's perfect for giving to your boss for the holidays, or teachers or even coaches.

4. Frosted Sandwich Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer Oreo Cookies

Image Credit: Trimommy


  • 12 white fudge coated creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 24 miniature pretzel twists
  • 1 can (6.4 oz) white decorating icing
  • 1 tube (.68 oz) black decorating gel
  • 12 small round chewy green candies or red gum drops (halved)

Place cookies on cookie sheet or flat surface. Break pretzel twists in half to form antlers. Place small amount of white decorating icing on bottom edge of each pretzel antler and attach 2 pieces at top of each cookie.

Using black decorating gel, make 2 small dots to form eyes on each cookie.

Attach red or green candy using a small amount of icing to form nose on each Christmas cookie.

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