Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reindeer Cookies!

Last weekend the kids and I started our annual Christmas baking. Generally we try to make tasty little treats for their teachers and our neighbors. We have had this tradition for a long time. I believe that the best gifts come from your heart and from your kitchen. About six years ago my daddy gave me a Christmas cookie cookbook. I have cherished it and used it every year since. In the book there is cute reindeer cookie. My kids love them and we make sure that no matter what cookies we make that we always make this one. The cookbook calls for a chocolate dough but you could use gingerbread, tinted or sugar cookie dough. Store bought or homemade, it really is up to you. I followed the recipe in the book and did a chocolate dough. I also used pretzels for antlers and mini M&M's for the eyes and nose. You could use any embellishments you like. Those were the ones we used.

I like to use muffin pans to house our cookie decorating supplies. It keeps everything neat and orderly during cookie making time. Plus you can pass it around the table or use multiple pans.


Directions for reindeer cookies:
If you are using homemade dough, roll into a log and refrigerate for a least an hour. Cut your chilled cookie dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place on cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper) and shape dough with your fingers into a rounded triangle. So it looks like your reindeer has a chin. Press the pretzels into the top of the dough. Press the M&M's into the dough to make the eyes and the nose. Then bake according to your directions. Let them cool. Enjoy!                                                        
These are such easy cookies to make. They are adorable and whoever you share them with will love them! Enjoy your time baking with the kids or make them yourself to give someone you love a smile.