Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Adorable sugar cookies decorated like reindeer & Christmas lights are fun for adults & kids!

Reindeer Sugar Cookies | Persnickety PlatesIt’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.Reindeer Sugar Cookies | Persnickety PlatesI 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
Adorable sugar cookies decorated like reindeer & Christmas lights are fun for adults & kids!
Serves: 30 cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2½ 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)
  1. Combine 1 cup softened butter, sugar and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
  2. Add orange juice and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  3. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed.
  4. 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)
  5. Heat oven to 400°F.
  6. Roll out dough, one-third at a time, on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to ⅛- to ¼-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets (I used a Silpat - my new best friend).
  7. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  8. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  9. To decorate
  10. - 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.
  11. Dot a small dot of frosting for the nose and attach the M&M.

Things you may need:
Frosting in a can (makes decorating easier)
Mini M&Ms
My favorite cookie sheets, I’ve had them for years
Silicone baking mats (make life easier)

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