Monday, December 20, 2010

The Reindeer Cookies

Now, I know what you're thinking, why would a good Jewish girl like me, be making reindeer cookies? And it's a good question.  UNTIL you actually see the cookies, which are so cute I couldn't resist.  I found them on Bakergirl's blog, where she made creating them appear to be extremely easy.  I found that not necessarily to be the case, but I got through it.

Look at these things, just look!
 Are they not the cutest cookies you've ever seen?

 Basically, they were the cutest cookies ever, and I had a Christmas party to go to, so I figured it was a match made in heaven.  They were quite a hit with the kids.  And being that they were peanut butter cookies, I didn't kill anyone, so I considered it a double success.

I think Bakergirl's came out better than mine because her cookies were smaller and she had smaller chocolate covered pretzels.  I would definitely recommend that.  I had to hold the bigger ones in place for a few seconds to ge them to set.  Also, since my cookies were bigger, I had to put the noses lower.  The first few dozen I made ended up looking like bears with red noses.  

All of that aside, the recipe is awesome.  The cookies came out smooth and soft, which is normally an issue I have with peanut butter cookies, so this will definitely be my go-to recipe from now on.  Everyone at the party, as well as the staff at Metrorock seemed to enjoy them!

Reindeer Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
Mini brown M&Ms
Regular-sized red M&Ms

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.

Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown. 

Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer's antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose (or any other color... some of mine ended up with green noses. They might be South Pole reindeer.). 

Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely. 

Makes about 40 reindeer cookies.

Source: Peanut butter cookie recipe from Jif.


  1. So cute! But how can you eat cookies that are looking at you?

  2. These turned out adorable! I love them!