Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, had a very shiny nose….
Christmas isn’t Christmas unless the house smells like cookies… or is that just me? I can’t be the only one. Once those holiday tunes start playing, I just want to bake. I’m not sure what my excuse is the rest of the year, but during December, I blame Christmas. So in the spirit of Christmas, I bring to you, reindeer cookies!
I mean these are just so stinkin’ cute, and super delicious too!
All you need is a bag of M&M’s, chocolate covered pretzels, and peanut butter cookie dough. I make my dough from scratch, the recipe will be listed below, or you can use the pre-made mix from the store. There is nothing wrong with making it as easy as possible. Especially if you are making these with a house full of kids who can’t wait to get their paws on these. I feel for you mommy’s out there, so keeping it simple it is!
The key to these cookies is to add the chocolate covered pretzels and m&m’s to the cookies while they’re still warm from baking in the oven. If you wait too long, they are not as easily added in.
Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flower
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 bag flipz chocolate covered pretzels
- 4 boxes M&M's
1.Preheat oven to 375°F.
2.Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in your mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat just blended.
3.In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended together.
4.Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out 1-inch balls of cookie dough and place on a parchment lined baking pan. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the cookie dough ball slightly to form a pointy triangle shape, then gently flatten with the palm of your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on your bakin sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.
5.Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two chocolate covered pretzels into the tops of the cookies for reindeer antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the Rudolph nose. If you run out of red M&M's for the noses, you could use brown and green M&M's too.
6.Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely.
7.Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
** Recipe adapted from Budding Baketress