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Reindeer Cookies

Easy Reindeer Cookies make an adorable addition to the holiday dessert table or Santa's cookie plate! Make these super simple with pre-made cookie dough or bake sugar cookies from scratch. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, reindeer cookies, reindeer sugar cookies
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Decorating Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Melissa | Persnickety Plates


For the Sugar Cookies

  • 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


  • 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)
  • When ready to bake, 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 lined with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • 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

  • Melt the baking chips in a microwave safe bowl with the coconut oil - 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir, until smooth.
  • Put the melted chocolate into a plastic baggie. Snip the tip (very tip - small cut) to pipe the antlers and noses on.
  • Attach the mini M&M noses to the chocolate "glue".
  • Let set then enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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