In preparation for Christmas, Cristina, Laura and I made these reindeer cookies! I’ll be honest and say that the cookies did not come out very well. I’m not sure if it was the recipe or if we missed something but I’m sure if you use any cookie recipe that does not raise too much in the oven, you can still make them look like reindeer by decorating them as such! Ultimately, the most fun part of this recipe is the decorating! You can see the original recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 32 chocolate chips (we used black gel icing)
  • 32 small pretzels
  • 16 cinnamon candy balls

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and sea salt. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the peanut butter and maple syrup until smooth. Add the peanut butter/syrup mixture to the flour mixture in the medium-sized bowl and mix until combined. Roll a tablespoon-size amount of dough in your hands to make a ball. Create a point on the bottom edge of the dough for the reindeer’s’ face. Place the dough ball onto a parchment lined baking sheet and press down slightly with your hand. Leave a 1 1/2 space between the cookies on the pan, as they will expand. Add 2 chocolate chips for the eyes, two pretzels for the antlers and a Swedish berry, dried cranberry or dried cherry for the red nose. Repeat to make 16 cookies. Place in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.

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The ears didn’t stick too well but the ones that did looked adorable!

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All the baking we did that night! More recipes to come!