If you are looking for the cutest Christmas cookie on the block, look no further than the adorable and delicious peanut butter Reindeer Cookies!
This post and recipe was created for ChristmasCookiesWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% my own.
I’ve always been a sucker for a cute holiday-themed cookie, but these Reindeer Cookies, are by far my favorite. Their adorable little faces on a soft peanut butter cookie are almost too cute to eat, but way too delicious not to!
The peanut butter cookie is amazing on it’s own, but then you add chocolate covered pretzels, candy eyes, and a big peanut butter M&M on top, and you have a new Christmas favorite cookie that the kids will certainly love!
Today is the first day of Christmas Cookies Week, and I couldn’t think of a better cookie to start the week off! And as adorable as they are, they are not difficult to make. The hardest part is waiting for them to be done so you can gobble them up!
What do you need to make Reindeer Cookies?
Chocolate covered pretzels
Small eyeball candies
Red peanut butter M&Ms
How to make peanut butter Reindeer Cookies:
Full printable recipe below!
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Combine peanut butter, brown sugar, shortening, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl or stand mixer. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Add egg and mix until just blended.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture at mix on low speed until just combined.
Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon, form dough into 1-inch balls. Gently pinch the bottom of the ball to form a point for the reindeer noses, place on a lined or greased cookie sheet, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and gently press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two eye candies for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose.
Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely.
Would it be weird to make these part of Santa’s cookie plate? Like, he’d be eating the likeness of his beloved reindeer? Orrrr…am I overthinking that fictional scenario? Yeah, probably so. Either way, you need these adorable Reindeer Cookies on your holiday cookie plates this (and every) year!
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- 6 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 48 Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
- 48 Small eyeball candies
- 24 Red peanut butter M&Ms (or regular sized plain M&Ms)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Combine peanut butter, brown sugar, shortening, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl or stand mixer. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Add egg and mix until just blended.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture at mix on low speed until just combined.
- Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon, form dough into 1-inch balls. Gently pinch the bottom of the ball to form a point for the reindeer noses, place on a lined or greased cookie sheet, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.
- Remove from oven and gently press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two eye candies for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose.
- Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely.
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Classic Butter Spritz Cookies by Cheese Curd In Paradise
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Hermit Cookies by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Honey Spice Oatmeal Cookies by Family Around the Table
Melting Snowman Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
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Pecan Pie Bars by Eat Move Make
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Peppermint Shortbread Cookies by Simply Inspired Meals
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