Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

50 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 82% would make again

Ready in 1 hour

Festive and whimsical Rudolph cookies for the holiday season. From a recipe in Ladies Home Journal, December 2007.


0.5 cup Unsalted butter; softened to room temperature
0.75 cup Peanut butter
1/3 cup Granulated sugar
1/3 cup Light brown sugar; packed
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1.5 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
48 large RED M&M candies
96 Mini semisweet chocolate chips
48 Pretzels; broken into 96 1-inch pieces

Original recipe makes 48 Servings



1. Preheat oven to 375F and place rack in center of the oven. Grease two baking sheets.

2. In a large mixer, beat butter, peanut butter and sugars on medium until mixed well and light in texture, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt until dough forms. Roll into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.

3. Bake (recommend one sheet at a time) until just set and bottoms are golden, about 8 to 10 minutes. For each cookie, while warm, place 1 M&M in center for nose, 2 miniature chocolate chips for eyes, and broken pretzel for antlers. Transfer cookies to a wire rack or flattened paper bag and let cool completely.

Can be made ahead, store in an airtight container.

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These are a tasty treat, but be prepared to spend quite some time preparing them. The making of the antlers can be a little time-consuming. Have some wine at hand!


Mine didn't turn out good. :(


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These were super cute except my antlers wouldn't stay on very well. The batter was a little on the dry side but delicious tasting!
Kluge0731 1y ago

They are so cute! They were a hit at the staff party. Very clever!
hotstuffnthekitchen 2y ago

I was really excited about these cute cookies, but they turned out small, crumbly, and fell apart when I tried to decorate. Recommend caution when trying this recipe for the first time.
Zith 2y ago

This recipe is a keeper! My college-age children devoured them and are looking for more!
WendyJane13 2y ago

Very easy recipe, I rolled in sugar and just added a chocolate kiss on top! Delicious!
ginmP6 2y ago

laneka 2y ago

Look so good
elenaced 3y ago

I used my own peanut butter cookie recipe and it turned out fantastic! I would prefer regular chocolate chips though, the eyes looked too small.
kyjaxmom 3y ago

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