Looking for a short break from the holiday rush? Maybe a little family time in the kitchen will do the trick.
In the past, I’ve made tins and tins full of cookies for family and friends, but this year I’m going to take it a little easier! (Hey, I’m not Superwoman!) Today I made ONE (not4, not 5) kind of cookie with my boys. Even though they are a little older (14 and 10) I was able to tempt (bribe) them with food to help me out in the kitchen.
Easy Reindeer Cookies are awesome for kids of all ages! Admit it, you’ve gotta like the idea of a cookie that looks like a reindeer! This won’t take long and the kids will have fun memories of making them with you. Oh, and it makes the house smell wonderful!!
Easy Reindeer Cookies
- 1 (20 oz.) package of refrigerated scliceable peanut butter cookie dough. (OK, so these are semi-homemade cookies)
- 60 (2-inch) tiny pretzel twists
- 60 semisweet chocolate chips
- 30 red M&M’s (Oh my, what will we do with all these other colors?)
- Freeze the dough for 15 minutes. (Don’t skip this part or let the kids eat half the cookie dough!)
- Cut dough into 30 (1/4-inch thick) slices.
- Place 4 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Using thumb and forefinger, pinch in each slice about two-thirds of the way down to shape the face.
6. Bake at 350 for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned.
7. Remove from the oven, and press in a red M&M for his nose! (I LOVE that part but the kids fought me for it!) Cool on the cookie sheets 2 minutes and transfer to wire racks to cool.
This recipe is SUPPOSED to yield 30 cookies, but I never end up with more than 15 or so. I guess I make fat reindeer! This recipe is from the Christmas with Southern Living cookbook.
Well, everything turned out great! We had one kitchen towel fight break out, but no one was injured! Our reindeer are a little on the chubby side, but they’re cute and yummy! I hope you enjoy making these cookies with your kids, and let me know how they turn out! – Kim