Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

53 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.

"I don't really do much baking, but it is my first Christmas with no family except the kids so I have launched into a month of serious Christmas cookie making. These didn't hold together terribly well, though that could just be the high altitude baking issues. I had to work on the timing to get the decorations on when they weren't too crumbly or too set. The kids messed them up completely and my older son gave up completely after decorating about 2. The recipe wasn't the magical family experience I had hoped it would be, but I will make the recipe again, on my own, for the kids..."


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 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 11m ago

They are so cute! They were a hit at the staff party. Very clever!
hotstuffnthekitchen 1y 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 1y ago

This recipe is a keeper! My college-age children devoured them and are looking for more!
WendyJane13 1y ago

Very easy recipe, I rolled in sugar and just added a chocolate kiss on top! Delicious!
ginmP6 1y ago

laneka 2y ago

Look so good
elenaced 2y 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 2y ago

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