Reindeer Sugar Cookies

It’s Christmas cookie time! How cute are these? I saw these reindeer on Pinterest but every time I clicked a link, it went back to nowhere. I hate that. Then when I was at Target I saw the sugar Christmas lights and had to have them.

I asked on Facebook and Twitter for your favorite sugar cookie recipe and decided to go with Dorothy’s suggestion of a Land O Lakes recipe. Once I googled, I saw that there’s a few but I picked the “Best Ever Butter Cookies“. They were good, but not the best ever, in my opinion. It’s quite possible I floured them too much when rolling them out. I’m still searching so if you have a favorite, please share it with me!

Reindeer Sugar Cookies | Persnickety Plates

Reindeer Sugar Cookies | Persnickety Plates

Reindeer Sugar Cookies | Persnickety Plates

Source: Cookie – Land O Lakes

Reindeer Idea – Pinterest, though I don’t have an original source
Makes: About 30 cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

For decorating
Ghirardelli baking chips, melted
mini red M&M’s for the noses
frosting to “glue” the noses to the cookies (I used the kind in the squirt can, something like this)
Sugar lights (I found them at Target)

Directions
Combine 1 cup softened butter, sugar and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. 

Add orange juice and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. 
 
Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed.
 
Divide dough into thirds. Shape each third into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until firm. (I prepped mine the night before)
 
Heat oven to 400°F
 
Roll out dough, one-third at a time, on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets (I used a Silpat – my new best friend).
 
Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. 
 
Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
 
To decorate – I melted the chocolate in the microwave (30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds stir) then put in a ziplock bag. I snipped the tip (tiny cut) and “piped” the chocolate for the antlers, eyes and light cord. 
 
Dot a small dot of frosting for the nose and attach the M&M. 
Yum

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