I’m not gonna lie. This is the first time in my life that I have ever made Reindeer Cookies. But really? Why haven’t I done this before? LOOK HOW STINKIN CUTE THEY ARE!!
After seeing a similar example on Pinterest and then on Little Miss Party’s blog, I just felt the need to get into the holiday season with these babies. They make a great gift and even better, they are an awesome treat to take to holiday parties or even a cookie exchange.
Case in point with these Rudolph clones. I started out very neatly, then ended up just slapping the candy eyes on. That’s why some of them are cross eyed and no, they haven’t been dipping into the spiked eggnog. Come to think of it, some of them look like they wouldn’t be able to walk a straight line. Good thing they aren’t driving the sled because they would definitely get pulled over for a possible DUI.
The base of these are peanut butter cookies, then a dollop of dark chocolate buttercream, a Nilla wafer cookie, a Smartie, some candy eyes (remember when I cleared these from the shelves on Halloween?) and to top it off, my favourite white chocolate yogurt pretzels.
Have you ever? Stop. Just stop.
- PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 and ½ cups flour
- ½ cup crushed peanuts
- 1 recipe dark chocolate buttercream frosting - click here
- 24 Nilla Wafer Cookies
- 24 red candies, I used Smarties
- 48 candy eyeballs
- 48 Pretzels, I used white chocolate yogurt covered mini's -click here
- 1 tube of white cookie icing to use as the glue for the smartie candies
- Make your cookies first and allow to cool completely before assembling.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and peanut butter. Add sugars and continue to beat for 2 minutes.
- Add egg, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and continue to mix.
- Slowly add in flour, continuing to beat until a fluffy dough forms. Stir in crushed peanuts.
- Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Slightly flatten and arrange on a lined baking sheet, with cookies 2 inches apart from one another.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes.
- Cool on rack.
- Now it's time to assemble:
- For each cookie, you will need to frost them, then place on a Nilla wafer.
- Put a small dot of white cookie icing on the Smartie and place onto the centre of the Nilla wafer.
- Place on the two eyeballs.
- Place on the two antlers (pretzels).
- Easy right?
- Let the cookies sit for at least an hour to allow the icing to set.