Reindeer Bites Recipe
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Reindeer Bites Recipe

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Fruitcake finds its way into a cookie for a new tasty treat. You'll be reaching for this recipe year after year! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Featured In: Reindeer Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:22 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 22 servings


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied cherries
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup refrigerated Holiday Cookie Dough
  • ICING:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 12 red candied cherries, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 104 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, apricots, cranberries and raisins. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Cool to room temperature; stir in the pecans, cherries and nutmeg.
  2. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. In a large bowl, combine dough and fruit mixture.
  3. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cookies. Top each with a candied cherry piece. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Reindeer Bites in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p53

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BillandSherra User ID: 4175225 169893
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"@ rkroniger and everyone else.....find recipe here:"

rkroninger User ID: 2895282 100584
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"did i miss something? what is meant by refrigerated holiday cookie dough?"

BillandSherra User ID: 4175225 98940
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"I love the smell of these cookies while being made.

Also with all of the fruit, I like to think of them as a Christmas healthfood.
I forgoe the rumextract and used some good spiced rum in the cookies and the icing"

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