Reindeer Cookies

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Reindeer Cookies are not just delicious (think unbeatable fudgy chocolate with frosting), but they’re also cute, fun, and festive. They’re a perfect project to involve kids in decorating and can even double as edible table decor!

Adorable and delicious cookies decorated to resemble reindeer, making a perfect festive dessert.

Reindeer Cookies

Move over, Cut Out Sugar Cookies – decorating these cookies is way more fun!

And who can resist a good chocolate cookie?! They’re the best! And while my son would disagree (he’s all about these Swig Sugar Cookies), I’m team chocolate all the way.

These Reindeer Cookies are not just a blast to make; they’re also festive and incredibly delicious!

Decorating a cookie to resemble a reindeer: beginning with frosting, adding candy eyes and a wafer, placing pretzels as antlers, and finishing with a red candy nose.

Reindeer Cookie Ingredients

  • Chocolate cookies: In the recipe card below, choose between classic, brownie-based, or caramel-infused. For ease, use store-bought baked cookies or dough.
  • Chocolate frosting: Either homemade or store-bought will work — whichever you have the time for!
  • Pretzel twists: These will be our antlers!
  • Vanilla wafers: These create a perfect base for the reindeer face.
  • Edible candy eyes: These are available in most grocery baking aisles or online.
  • Red chocolate candies: We use M&M’s®, but any small red chocolate candy will work! 

QUICK TIP

We recently tried these gluten-free, vegan cookies and they were delicious. They’re a great choice if you need to consider allergies!

Tips For Making Reindeer Cookies

  1. Cool before decorating: Let cookies cool completely; otherwise, the frosting may melt.
  2. Frosting: For a smoother look, use a piping bag.
  3. Decorating details: Secure eyes and noses with frosting; gently add pretzel antlers to attach without breaking.
  4. Decoration timing: If possible, add the pretzels and wafers close to the time of serving to maintain their crunch.
  5. Presentation fun: Serve Reindeer Cookies on a bed of coconut flakes to mimic snow!

The finished dessert, adorable and festive, delicious and ready to be enjoyed.

STORAGE

Once decorated, enjoy these Reindeer Cookies soon, as the vanilla wafers and pretzels tend to soften quickly.

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Reindeer Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Reindeer Cookies are not just delicious (think unbeatable fudgy chocolate with frosting), but they're also cute, fun, and festive. They're a perfect project to involve kids in decorating and can even double as edible table decor!
Adorable and delicious cookies decorated to resemble reindeer, making a perfect festive dessert.
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Reindeer Cookies

Adorable and delicious cookies decorated to resemble reindeer, making a perfect festive dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Reindeer Cookies are not just delicious (think unbeatable fudgy chocolate with frosting), but they're also cute, fun, and festive. They're a perfect project to involve kids in decorating and can even double as edible table decor!
Course Dessert, Snack, treat
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Reindeer Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 22 cookies (depending on recipe used)
Chelsea Lords
Cost $12.10

Ingredients

Chocolate Cookies and Frosting

Decorations

Instructions

  • COOKIE DOUGH: Follow the directions of your chosen chocolate cookie recipe.
  • BAKE: Bake the cookies as per the instructions in your recipe. Once they are baked, take them out of the oven and let them cool down completely.
  • DECORATE: Use a table knife to spread the chocolate frosting over each cookie. Place a vanilla wafer on the bottom half of each cookie. Add two edible candy eyes just above the wafer. Attach a red chocolate candy to the center of the wafer using a small dab of frosting. Gently press two pretzel twists into the top of the cookie to form antlers. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is not included because the wide variety of cookie and frosting choices.

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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