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Easy Reindeer Sugar Cookies

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Reindeer Sugar Cookies. Cookie decorating is a joy with these holiday favorites! All you need is a batch of baked cookies, chocolate frosting, pretzels, vanilla wafers, and M&M’s to recreate these adorable little deer!

Looking for more easy holiday ideas? Try these Christmas Tree Rice Krispies or Brownie Santa Hats!

This recipe was originally published December 8, 2014. It has since been updated to include fresh photos and helpful tips.

sugar cookie decorated as a reindeer using pretzels and chocolate frosting

Recipe Features

  • Quick and Easy: This recipe is so quick to make and looks adorably delicious on your baking tray.
  • Holiday Favorite: Perfect DIY for adults and kids!
  • Semi-Homemade Cookie: While we use homemade sugar cookies, you could easily replicate this look with a store bought cookie!

These adorable reindeer decorated cookies are about to become your holiday go-to. Why? Because they are super quick and easy to make and look adorable on a cookie tray. The best part is you literally cannot mess these up. Perfect for beginner bakers, little kid helpers, or anyone that feels like cookie decorating is above their talent.

Little imperfections add character and make them even cuter. So I am not kidding when I say this is a no-fuss no-fail holiday cookie recipe.

Brown wooden table top with baked sugar cookies, pretzels, vanilla wafers, bag of chocolate coated candies and jar of chocolate frosting

Ingredients to make Reindeer Sugar Cookies:

I really love to keep things simple. Especially around the holidays when your schedule is already packed to the brim. The last thing you want to do is waste valuable memory making time. Which means the list for these cookies is short and you can even make some of the items ahead of time!

  • Sugar Cookies– Homemade or store bought! Did you know you can actually make and freeze sugar cookies in advance? You can store cookies for up to SIX MONTHS in the freezer!
  • Chocolate Frosting– Again, homemade or store bought will work here. For the ease- we go for the canned frosting. It’s especially convenient if you are planning on this being a family project.
  • Mini Pretzels- Whole or broken in half to more of an antler shape.
  • M&M Candies- Brown or red only.
  • Vanilla Wafer Cookies- Make sure they are the mini’s
  • Candy Eyes- No eyes? No problem! Just grab a tube of black food gel and pipe two tiny dots in place of the eyes
sugar cookie with a swipe of chocolate frosting

How to Make Christmas Reindeer Cookies

  1. Place a sugar cookie onto a clean work surface.
  2. Spread a generous amount of chocolate frosting onto the top of the cookie, about 1 heaping tablespoon. Try to keep the surface flat, but lines are ok and add character.
  3. Place a dot of chocolate frosting onto the “m” side of either a red or brown m&m candy.
  4. Secure the candy onto your vanilla wafer for the nose and place onto your freshly frosted sugar cookie.
  5. Add the eyes and pretzels for the finishing touch!
  6. You can either leave the pretzels whole or break them for a more authentic antler appearance.
decorated reindeer cookie on a table top with a bowl of pretzels and m&M candies

Sugar cookie troubleshooting:

  • Be sure to grab the mini vanilla wafers. The smaller size is perfect for little deer noses.
  • Canned or homemade frosting will work with this recipe.
  • Do not fret about getting perfect antlers. Break your pretzels in half and pair up similar looking styles.

Making your own sugar cookies? Awesome! Let’s break down some of the more common questions I get and how to solve potential issues.

Why sugar cookies spread and lose their shape:

Most commonly the cause of cookie spreading is butter that isn’t cool. When you start a cookie recipe with warm butter it tends to spread as it bakes. To combat this, you can start with butter that has set out for only 30 minutes or you can chill your dough before baking.

My cookie is so tough and not soft, what happened?

I am so guilty of this. Especially when I first started baking. Tough cookies can be a result of overmixing or over working your dough. Once the ingredients are just combined, you should really stop mixing. Essentially… Less mixing equals a more tender cookie

I always overbake my sugar cookies!

Here’s the skinny… Most cookie recipes will tell you to bake your cookie until it is golden brown. Sugar cookies are a class all on their own. You want to take them out of the oven as soon as they are set, and not too brown.

close up of a reindeer decorated cookie

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Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Assemble Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Reindeer Sugar Cookies. Cookie decorating is a joy with these holiday favorites! All you need is baked cookies, chocolate frosting, pretzels, vanilla wafers, and M&M's to recreate these adorable little deer!

Ingredients

  • 12 sugar cookies, baked
  • 1 cup of your favorite chocolate frosting, homemade or canned
  • 24 mini pretzels
  • 12 mini vanilla wafers
  • 12 M&M candies, in either red or brown color
  • edible eyes, found in most baking aisles or online

Instructions

  1. Place a sugar cookie onto a clean work surface.
  2. Spread a generous amount of chocolate frosting onto the top of the cookie, about 1 heaping tablespoon. Try to keep the surface flat, but lines are ok and add character.
  3. Place a dot of chocolate frosting onto the “m” side of either a red or brown m&m candy.
  4. Secure the candy onto your vanilla wafer for the nose and place onto your freshly frosted sugar cookie.
  5. Add the eyes and pretzels for the finishing touch!
  6. You can either leave the pretzels whole or break them for a more authentic antler appearance.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 906mgCarbohydrates: 120gFiber: 4gSugar: 61gProtein: 10g
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Marilyn

Monday 8th of December 2014

These cookies turned out so adorable!

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