Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies

Sunday, December 13, 2015
I love making these great baking memories with my kids and now grandkids!

Mom's peanut butter cookie recipe is perfect for making these cute little reindeer cookies.

This is such a fun cookie for Christmas and the perfect project for all ages.

The best part is eating them!

Growing up I remember mom going to the shortening can and finding her favorite peanut butter cookie recipe printed on the can.

It was her go-to recipe and is more than 50 years old and I still have this one written on an index card in her handwriting.

She's been gone now since 1999 to the angels.

Traditions are wonderful especially during the holidays and I still love this one and miss us making them together every year since her passing in 1999..

Now I get to make cookies with my precious grandchildren as I did with my kids when they were little.

This sure is a fun holiday project with the kids and they just love making this simple peanut butter cookie dough into Reindeer shapes.



these are peanut butter cookies shaped into a reindeer with pretzel ears, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red hot cinnamon candy for the nose. A festive Christmas cookie





Antonio



My grandson Antonio is 4 years old and added the nose, ears, and eyes to these.


This is a great project for the kids making memories and he had such a good time, my heart just melted.


I am over the moon that he is learning to be a little sous chef!


this is a delicious peanut butter cookie that my grandson Antonio and I made for the Christmas holiday shaped into reindeer



Followed Directions Easily



Honestly, besides the peanut butter cookies were crunchy and over the top delicious, they're so easy to form into these adorable reindeer.


Antonio was so articulate on adding the mini chocolate chips for eyes, the cinnamon hots for the nose an then we found that there are mini pretzels out there to do the ears!


He kept getting so excited as he saw his creation come to life in the form of a reindeer.


I can't begin to tell you what a proud grandma I was watching him!


this is a delicious peanut butter cookie that my grandson Antonio and I made for the Christmas holiday shaped into reindeer



Easy To Decorate



The dough molds perfectly and you can use your imagination to decorate however you like.


We bought the candies, pretzels and mini chocolate chips all at the grocery store.


He really did a fantastic first-time job and only 4 years old!


Every year they come out a little different!


this was an updated photo of making reindeer cookies with my grandson and he is putting antlers on peanut butter cookies shaped into reindeers


No Right or Wrong Way!



Really this is simple, use whatever you have in the house.


Pretzels can be broken into any shapes so if you have squares, sticks or oval shapes, make it fun and creative.




decorating peanut butter cookies to turn them into Peanut Butter Reindeer cookies



Love This Face

Antonio was so proud of his decorating abilities and couldn't wait to show his mom and dad what he made.


Of course, trying to keep him from eating them all was a bigger task!





this is a delicious peanut butter cookie that my grandson Antonio and I made for the Christmas holiday shaped into reindeer



New Traditions



Now with all the festive ideas out there, there seemed to be the perfect way to keep mom's memory alive with the next generation of little cooks!


During the difficult times of the year to keep loved ones in memory that have past, (which for me is Christmas), baking mom's recipes in the kitchen with little ones is the best medicine to keep their memories alive!


It isn't Christmas without these cute little cookie reindeer every year!



these are peanut butter cookies shaped into a reindeer with pretzel ears, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red hot cinnamon candy for the nose. A festive Christmas cookie




The Most Festive Cookie!



Besides making sugar cookie cutouts, these are my favorite and the kids love them.


The cookie is outstanding in taste and looks how cute my reindeer are!


They are easily shaped because this dough is so workable.


It really was a joy making these and hearing everyone say how creative they were.


Don't you just love easy cookies!




these are peanut butter cookies shaped into a reindeer with pretzel ears, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red hot cinnamon candy for the nose. A festive Christmas cookie



Just a few decorating ideas



I used mini chocolate chips, red hots and then mini pretzels for the ears.


Most of the time I have seen the recipe has used frosting to adhere, mine stayed on great so I didn't use it.


But if you want to make sure, make a paste with powdered sugar and water to keep everything glued together.



this is dough for making peanut butter cookies shaped into teardrop getting ready to make cookies.  these are peanut butter cookies shaped into a reindeer with pretzel ears, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red hot cinnamon candy for the nose. A festive Christmas cookie






Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Tips



  • This was mom's go-to recipe for peanut butter cookies.
  • If you love those flavored cookies, you can make this recipe all year long.
  • Just roll into balls, flatten slightly and shape the face oblong style.
  • Decorations can be added before or after cooking, I have done this both ways and find the pretzels stay better added before cooked and the eyes and nose better to add after cooking.
  • If you have a problem with the ears falling off glue them with powdered sugar and water and allow to dry ( they can fall off when transporting or packing them)






Ingredients Used to Make Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies


  • shortening ( I like the butter flavored)
  • peanut butter
  • brown sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • egg
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • Decorations:
  • mini chocolate chips
  • red hots, red m and m's or chopped cherries
  • pretzel sticks or mini pretzels








Antonio Had A Blast



I love Christmas, it's all about making magical memories that last a lifetime.


These cookies certainly did that with my little guy, Antonio.


Cookie art is easy and fun, you can use any kind of candy to decorate these with you like also.


Antonio said he didn't like red hots, so next time I will get some chopped cherries for the nose or M and M's.




this is a delicious peanut butter cookie that my grandson Antonio and I made for the Christmas holiday shaped into reindeer




Suggestions


  • Chopped Maraschino Cherries
  • Colored piped frosting for eyes and nose
  • pretzel sticks instead of mini pretzels or you can break mini pretzels to look like antlers
  • M and M's red
  • Any small red candies for the nose






this is a delicious peanut butter cookie that my grandson Antonio and I made for the Christmas holiday shaped into reindeer



The Cookie Dough



The dough is nice and thick, smooth and fragrant with peanut butter.


It's easy to work with and you really can get creative in shapes.


Don't worry if they aren't all the same, no two reindeer are either!



this is a delicious peanut butter cookie that my grandson Antonio and I made for the Christmas holiday shaped into reindeer




Mom's Peanut Butter Cookies



The cookie recipe is from the 1960s, the dough is the kind you see that are old fashioned, rolled into balls and criss-cross with fork tines is added.


If you didn't want to decorate these and make them into reindeers, then just use the above method and make old fashioned peanut butter cookies.


She used to add some cocktail peanuts to the dough as well around 1/2 cup.


Just bake this recipe the same way.




these are peanut butter cookies shaped into a reindeer with pretzel ears, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red hot cinnamon candy for the nose. A festive Christmas cookie



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this is a delicious peanut butter cookie that my grandson Antonio and I made for the Christmas holiday shaped into reindeer





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these are peanut butter cookies shaped into a reindeer with pretzel ears, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red hot cinnamon candy for the nose. A festive Christmas cookie







Family Projects



If you want the perfect cookie to make memories with your children or grandchildren these are it!


Easy recipe and easy to mold by hand.


I can't begin to tell you his excitement with making something in the kitchen and it's a great learning tool.


He also gets to learn the family recipes of those no longer with us that he never even knew.


I cherish moments like these.




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Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies

Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 27
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prep time: 35 Mcook time: 12 Mtotal time: 47 M
These are an adorable hand-molded Reindeer cookie made with peanut butter cookie dough that is perfect to make beautiful memories with your children, grandchildren or young at heart!

ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening ( I like the butter flavored)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • Decorations:
  • Note: You can add the pretzels before or after cooking, I have done this both ways and find the pretzels stay better cooked and the eyes and nose better to add after cooking.
  • mini chocolate chips for the eyes
  • mini pretzels ears use two for boy reindeers 1 set for girl reindeer's
  • red hot cinnamon candies for the nose
  • optional a mixture of powdered sugar and water to make a thick paste to glue on the nose, ears, and eyes. I didn't use it.

instructions:

How to cook Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degree hot oven
  2. Cream the shortening, sugar and peanut butter together. Add the milk, egg, vanilla.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt until evenly combined.
  4. Roll into balls.
  5. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand, then pitch the nose to shape and keep the head rounded in a teardrop-shaped dough. 
  6. Note: For Reindeer nose, roll into balls then pinch the bottom to a point, it takes a few tries to get the shape right.
  7. Add the antler pretzels stick or mini pretzels, mini chips, and red nose candy.
  8. Again you can place the candy on cookies while still hot but just bake the ears.
  9. Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for around 8 minutes.
Calories
79
Fat (grams)
11
Sat. Fat (grams)
5
Carbs (grams)
21
Net carbs
15
Sugar (grams)
22
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10 comments

  1. Awww these are SO festive and cute! Love seeing your son decorate them, I always loved helping my mom decorate Christmas cookies as a kid!

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  2. How cute are these! I bet kids would have so much fun making them.

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  3. This is such a cute idea (as is your helper!)

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  4. I love seeing kids in the kitchen! Such a cute cookie Santa is sure to love!

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  5. Yes, I love cookies and these are very Christmasey, love your little cooking buddy. The photos of the steps are good too, cheers!

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  6. Oh my such cute reindeer cookies and you have a very adorable helper to decorate. These are perfect family activity and great cookies to make for the holidays.

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  7. Dear Claudia, your cookies are adorable for Christmas and your grandson is just the sweetest. XO

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  8. What a creative idea for the Christmas daintie tray or to give away as gifts. Super cute and fun to make with little kids. My daughter made these for Santa when she was 4 and loved them.

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  9. Such cute cookies, but I think your helper is even cuter!!!

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  10. These Christmas cookies couldn't look any more perfect! I have to put these on my Christmas cookies list. My daughters will enjoy making them!

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