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These Reindeer Cookies are the cutest recipe for you to make during the holidays! Not only are they the perfect sugar cookies, but they are decorated just like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

cookie with white frosting and candy on top to make the cookie look like a reindeers face.

The Easiest Reindeer Cookies

These cookies are the easiest cookie to make during the holidays – and the kids can help! I use my amazing sugar cookie recipe that everyone will love–including Santa! You can also use refrigerated cookie dough for a semi-homemade option – no one will know.

You can make this recipe even more simple by buying dough and frosting from the store or you can make my own frosting! To make the recipe just like a reindeer, I added a red M&M for a red noise, and chocolate covered pretzels for the best antlers. How cute are they? They’re perfect for a Christmas party.

Ingredients Needed

  • Sugar Cookie Dough: Use store-bought or homemade!
  • Vanilla Frosting: Store-bought frosting is great, or you can make mine!
  • Red M&Ms: Make these reindeer just like Rudolph!
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels: For the antlers – you can also use plain mini pretzel twists.
  • Candy Eyes or chocolate chips

How to make Adorable Reindeer Cookies

  • Bake in a preheated oven according to package or recipe directions on a baking sheet. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Frost with vanilla icing, then add your decorations.
  • Place two eyes (or chocolate chip eyes), an M&M red nose, and mini pretzel antlers on each cookie.
cookie with white frosting and candy on top to make the cookie look like a reindeers face.

Expert Tips

  • Take some work off your own plate and have the kids make these! They are so easy that you’ll barely need to help!
  • Use any kind of cookie to make this recipe – a chocolate sugar cookie or even peanut butter cookie would be fantastic.
  • You can even use chocolate frosting if you like!
  • You can store these cookies in the freezer if you’re making them ahead. They’ll be the hit of the cookie swap.


Can I freeze these cookies?

You can! Freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months!

cookie with white frosting and candy on top to make the cookie look like a reindeers face.

Rudolph the Reindeer Cookies Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Use just one dough (either from scratch or from a mix) to make three kinds of Christmas cookies: Rudolph, Christmas lights (aka Stranger Things Cookies), and Christmas Cookie Cups.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie



Rudolph Cookies

  • Red M&Ms
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Eyeball candies or chocolate chips

Christmas Light Cookies (aka Stranger Things Cookies)

  • ½ cup chocolate chips Or use frosting
  • Candy-coated sunflower seeds

Cookie Cups

  • Christmas sprinkles or mini M&Ms
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  • For cookies: bake according to package or recipe directions on a cookie sheet.
  • For cookie cups: spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place one break-n-bake square (or about 1 tablespoon cookie dough) in each muffin cavity.
  • Bake 8-12 minutes, or until done. Cool completely.
  • To make Rudolph: frost with vanilla icing. Place two eyes (or chocolate chip eyes), an M&M red nose, and two chocolate covered pretzel antlers on each cookie.
  • To make Christmas Light cookies: Frost with vanilla icing. Melt chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave (about 1-2 minutes, stirring each 30 seconds). If the mixture is too thick, add a drizzle of oil to thin. Place in a ziploc bag and cut off one tip. Pipe the light strand on the cookie. (You could also use a licorice rope for this.) Place candy sunflower seed “lights” on the strand.
  • To make the cookie cups: frost with vanilla frosting and sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles or candies.

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Recipe Notes

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on December 19, 2023

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