Chocolate Reindeer Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate Reindeer Cookies Recipe

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Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday spread with these chocolaty treats. They're perfect for getting little ones involved. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Featured In: Reindeer Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Miniature pretzels
  • Red shoestring licorice, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can chocolate frosting (16 ounces)
  • M&M's miniature baking bits, cherry sour balls and nonpareil-coated chocolate candies


  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, cook the brown sugar, butter and water until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in eggs and extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; fold into chocolate mixture.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets; cover and freeze until firm. Transfer frozen cookie dough balls to a large resealable plastic freezer bag. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  3. To use frozen cookie dough: Place dough balls 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes or until surface cracks. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, cut two rounded sides from each pretzel. Make a 3/4-in. cut in each licorice piece.
  5. Working with a few cookies at a time, frost cookie and position pretzels for antlers, M&M's for eyes and a sour ball for the nose. Shape licorice for the mouth; place on cookie. Add nonpareil candies for a collar. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Reindeer Cookies in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p56

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amandassoaps User ID: 5569963 175675
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"these look so cute and sound yummy will have to try them"

Gram-KZL User ID: 3372030 176086
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"My granddaughter and I made these cookies and she personalized family members' cookies with appropriate color eyes! I also made these with my class of two year olds using chocolate cookies at our Christmas party. They were so simple for them--they had so much fun. Thanks for the idea; they will become a holiday tradition.

Jenny Smith
Victoria, texas"

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