I didn’t create the reindeer sugar cookies, but after I saw a picture of them online, I knew I had to make some. I brought a few dozen to a party with lots of hungry small children and they were a big hit.
The kids had just been caroling at a local nursing home. They went to three separate dining rooms within the home. At first we could hardly hear them whisper “Silent Night” but after the residents responded and clapped for them, their courage grew. By the final set, they were belting out “Joy to the World” and suggesting encores.
Parishioner Tera Sitzmann organized the event and provided most of the dinner, which we enjoyed at our church.
I used both green and red gumdrops for the reindeer noses, but the kids called them “Rudolph” no matter what color the nose.
Bag of green and red gum drops
Batch of sugar cookie dough (see recipe below, or buy some premade.)
Small bag of tiny pretzels
Chocolate chips – I used Ghiradelli because they are the biggest.
I can of plain white frosting – or two cups of your own recipe. (Yes, I admit it, I used the can because I was in a bit of a rush.)
Fabulous Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter, softened (3 sticks)
2 cups white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Directions for sugar cookies
Cream the butter and sugar until there are no lumps.
Add eggs one at a time and beat after each one.
Add dry ingredients and beat just until incorporated.
Pat the dough into 3 balls and cover each with plastic wrap.
Chill for 1 hour (or overnight, if you like.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Remove dough from fridge and while still wrapped, shape into a sort of log.
Push on the dough until you form a sort of triangle shape, but with rounded edges.
Cut the logs into cookies between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thick.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake 6 – 8 minutes.
Let Cookies cool.
To assemble the reindeer
Pour supplies into bowls for easy access.
Spread frosting on each cookie.
Apply the pretzels for antlers.
Press in two chocolate chips for eyes.
Finish with a gumdrop nose.
So simple, yet colorful and fun to eat. The sweet frosting is a nice contrast to the salty pretzels.