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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 + cooling YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chocolate Reindeer Cookies

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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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