Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are soft and chewy peanut butter cookies decorated with candies and pretzels to look like Rudolph. Such a fun and easy Christmas cookie recipe that kids will love!
Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
The Holidays come and go pretty fast and you want to make sure to make the most of them. These peanut butter cookies are a Christmas treat that will surely be Santa’s favorite! The sweet and salty blend of flavors is so good! These adorable cookies are quick and easy to make, so they are a must-have for the Holidays.
Key Ingredients You’ll Need
Peanut Butter: I prefer creamy peanut butter, but for more texture, you can use crunchy peanut butter.
Flour: Use all-purpose flour for the best results along with baking powder to allow the cookies to rise in the oven.
Toppings: To make the cutest reindeer cookies, I use small pretzel twists for the antlers, red M&M’s for the nose, and candy eyes.
How To Make Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Step 1. Set the oven to 375 degrees. Add the butter, sugar, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt into a large bowl and combine until smooth and creamy. Put in the flour and baking soda and combine again. Portion the dough into 36 pieces and roll to form balls. Use a flat-bottom glass to slightly flatten and shape into a triangle with rounded edges. Arrange onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Step 2. On the top two corners of each cookie triangle, place two mini pretzel twists. Add the M&M nose. Place the cookies into the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes. Take out of the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Add a dot of peanut butter onto the back of the candy eyes and place it onto the cookie to complete the reindeer’s face. Serve and enjoy!
What Other Candies Can I Use?
Rudolph’s Nose: M&M’s can be used for the bright red nose, but you can use other things to get that adorable red nose. You can use frosting to make the nose or use other candies like red jelly beans (cut in half), dots, Skittles, etc.
Eyes: If you do not have candy eyes, try cutting a mini marshmallow in half and press a black edible marker in the center for the pupil (or a mini chocolate chip).
My Reindeer Toppings Are Not Sticking, What Should I Do?
Make sure that you are adding the nose and antlers before baking. You will use peanut butter to stick the candy eyes onto the cookies. If this doesn’t keep the toppings on your cookies, you can use melted chocolate to keep them stuck. Just add a bead of melted chocolate to the antlers, nose, and eyes and press it into the cookies.
Tips & Tricks
Place the cookies in an airtight container for the best storage method. These can keep for up to 5 days.
You can use chocolate pretzels for the antlers too! Instead of putting them on before baking. Use chocolate to glue the pretzels to the cooled cookies.
If you don’t have candy eyes, you can use M&M’s instead.
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Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl beat the butter, sugar, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
- Stir in the flour and baking soda until all combined.
- Separate the dough into 36 pieces and roll it into balls.
- Slightly flatten each ball and shape it into a rounded triangle shape.
- Place the cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Press 2 mini pretzels into the two top corners of each triangle for the antlers.
- Press a red m&m for the nose of each cookie.
- Bake until the cookies are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place the cookies on racks to cool.
- Once cool dip the bottom of each cand eye into a little peanut butter and place it on the reindeer’s face.