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Holiday Recipe: Rein-Dear Cookies

Posted December 12, 2013

My four-year-old came home from a playdate with a plate of these yummy peanut butter reindeer cookies that she'd help make with her friend.

The mom whipped up the batter and the girls pressed in the pretzels, M&Ms and chocolate chips. They were yummy, super cute cookies that the girls had a lot of fun decorating.

She found the recipe on, which has a bunch of other cute holiday treat and snack ideas.

Rein-Dear Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
Small pretzels
3/4 cup light brown sugar
Chocolate chips
1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for flattening cookies
Red or green candy-coated chocolates (such as M&M's)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper and set aside. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside. Cream the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl a few times.

Add the egg and mix until just blended. Scrape down bowl again. Add the dry ingredients on low speed and mix until just blended. Scrape down bowl and blend until smooth.

Roll teaspoon-size mounds of dough into balls and place 3 inches apart on baking sheets. Dip a flat-bottomed water glass into a small bowl of granulated sugar and flatten dough balls to make 1/2-inch-thick round cookies.

Stick two pretzels into the dough at the top of each cookie to make antlers. Use two chocolate chips for eyes and a red or green M&M near the bottom for the nose.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are light gold in color. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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  • snowl Dec 14, 2013

    Cute! I would press the pretzels, choc chips, and a cinnamon red hot (for the nose) AFTER the cookies come out of the oven and still warm. Why bake them? JMHO.