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December 19, 2014

Reindeer Cookies




I've had a very busy December this year, and sadly I haven't had much opportunity to bake as much as I'd like. But what little bit I've baked, I've decided I wanted to try something different.

As much as I love a beautifully decorated sugar cookie at the holidays, they're time consuming, and time has not been on my side. It's not easy trying to get in to the swing of things just going back to work a few weeks ago, two kids, and this little project called "the holidays". So when my husband sent me a picture of some cookies he saw I knew that these would be a cute, yet QUICK alternative to decorated sugar cookies. Just whatever drop cookie recipe you want, some M&Ms, chocolate pretzels and chocolate chips and you're good to go! I chose to make these as peanut butter cookies because it's been awhile since I've had a peanut butter cookie, but also the coloring is more "reindeer-y" than sugar cookies!

I think these will be the cookies we make for Santa this year!

Reindeer Cookies
Ingredients:Peanut Butter or Sugar Cookie dough
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Red M&Ms
Mini Brown M&Ms, or chocolate chips

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Make cookie dough as you normally would. Shape dough in to 1-inch balls. To make the reindeer shapes, lightly pinch the bottom of the ball a little to form a bit of a point. Gently flatten the shaped dough on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.

Bake according to your dough directions.

Once removed from the oven, working quickly gently press two mini chocolate covered pretzels in the tops of the "head" for antlers. Then brown M&Ms, or upside down chocolate chips for the eyes. Use the red M&Ms for noses!

Source: Inspired by Bakergirl

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