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 + cooling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 60 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 130 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Place butter, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Stir in eggs, one at a time, and extract. Stir in flour mixture.
  2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets; freeze until firm. Transfer to a large resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. May be frozen up to 3 months.
  3. To use frozen dough: Place frozen dough balls 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until tops are cracked, 13-15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. To decorate, cut off two curved sections from the top of each pretzel; reserve center portions for antlers. Make a 3/4-in. slit in each licorice piece to split partway. Working with a few cookies at a time, spread frosting over top and add M&M's for eyes, sour balls for noses and pretzel pieces for antlers. Curve licorice pieces for mouths and place on cookies. Add nonpareil candies for collars. 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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