25 Day of Baking: Day 24
Well, Christmas is tomorrow, are you ready? Presents bought and wrapped, food for Christmas dinner, tree decorated? What about Santa’s cookies?
If you still haven’t made Santa’s favorite cookie, then you better hurry up because he’s coming tonight! The man in red also loves these peanut butter reindeer cookies. They are decorated with chocolate covered pretzel antlers, chocolate chip eyes, and red M&M noses. This is a great recipe to make with children because it is quick and easy, but still has all the creativity of decorated cookies.
“Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” by the Cadillacs
Peanut Butter Reindeer CookiesPrint Pin Rate
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
- Chocolate chips
- Regular-sized red M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended. Slowly stir in flour mixture. Mix until just blended.
- Form dough into 2-inch balls. Shape into a rounded triangle and flatten slightly with your hand. Space cookies about 2-inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and immediately gently press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer's antlers. Press two chocolate chips in 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.
Dough shape before baking
Adding pretzel antlers after removing cookies from oven
Eyes and noses added after removing cookies from oven
Adapted from Budding Baketress