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Chocolate Reindeer Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Reindeer Cookies Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD: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.