My daughter had a party to attend today and decided that she wanted to bring Reindeer cookies. These are a favorite at our house and have been for several years, ever since the first year that I found the recipe in an ad in a magazine. Over the years, I’ve made a couple of simple changes to the recipe to make them all natural. Here’s my version:
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
Mini pretzel twists
Pink and brown Sunspire Sundrops
Preheat oven to 375. Beat together butter, peanut butter, sugar and egg. Stir in flour, baking powder and baking soda. Divide dough into 24 balls. Then divide each of those balls into two balls, one that’s a little larger than the other. Place the larger ball on top of the smaller one on a cookie sheet like this:
Now press the balls and flatten them slightly like this:
Next, press pretzel twists into the dough to make antlers like this:
Now, bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Pull them out of the oven, and immediately press sundrops into the still- soft cookies to make the eyes and nose, as seen in the top picture. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before carefully removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling. If you use M&M’s for the eyes and nose, you can press them in before baking, but pressing them in after works better for me with the Sundrops.
Both of my kids love these and they are always a hit when we bring them to a party!