Reindeer Sugar Cookies Recipe

'Tis the season for decking the halls, singing a few carols, wrapping Christmas presents, and of course, baking lots of festive treats. And this season, if you're ready to take your holiday cookie game up a notch, then these delightful reindeer sugar cookies designed by chef and recipe developer Autumn LeAnn are a perfect choice. That's because they delight both in looks and taste. 

But fair warning: With said looks and flavor does lead to more prep work and decorating than you'd get with your average sugar cookie. They're well worth it, though, and as long as you carve out enough free time not to rush the process (Let that icing and chocolate set fully before you start in on the serving or snacking, for example!), you'll do just fine. And the good news is, the cookies will still taste great even if not every reindeer turns out looking quite up to Santa's sleigh team quality.

Gather your ingredients for reindeer sugar cookies

These cookies only call for a few more ingredients than classic sugar cookies, and those are for the icing and decorative touches. Overall, you likely have all of this stuff on hand. So, you'll want to start by gathering butter, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, eggs, cornstarch, all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, meringue powder (Okay, you may not have that one!), white chocolate chips, and some water. Once your ingredients are ready to go, it's time to prepare the sugar cookie dough.

Make the cookie dough

Start things off by preheating your oven to 325 F. Then, add the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt to a bowl, and cream them together until the mixture is fluffy. "I used my stand mixer, but you can also use a hand mixer," LeAnn says.

Next, proceed to crack one egg at a time into the mixture, and combine until each is smoothly incorporated. Then, pour in the cornstarch, and mix that in until it's well combined.

Now comes the flour, which you will add about 1 cup at a time, mixing between additions. Continue adding in a cup at a time until all 3 ½ cups have been incorporated, and the dough is formed.

Roll out the dough, cut the cookies, then bake

Lightly dust your countertop with flour, then dump the cookie dough onto it, and work the dough together into a rectangle shape. Once you have achieved a rough rectangle, sprinkle a bit more flour on top of the cookie dough, and begin rolling it out with a rolling pin.

When you've rolled your dough about ⅙-inch-thick, begin cutting out reindeer cookies with your cookie cutter, and place each onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. "These cookies don't spread too much, so they don't have to be very far apart," LeAnn says, adding, "Just make sure they are not touching each other."

Now, bake the cookies at 325 F for seven minutes, then turn the pan, and bake for another seven minutes. Once the cookies are done, remove them from the oven, and let them cool completely on the baking sheet.

Ice then decorate the reindeer cookies

While the cookies are cooling down, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and meringue powder in a shallow bowl. Then, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to the mixture, and combine the ingredients until a smooth frosting forms. (You want it to be smooth so it runs off your spoon, but thick enough that it will not run off the sides of the cookies when you dip them.)

Once the cookies have cooled, dip the top side of each cookie into the icing, and let the excess drip off before setting aside the cookie aside to let the icing harden. Repeat this until all of cookies are iced.

Now, let the icing set fully, then melt ¼ cup of white chocolate chips (You can use a saucepan over low heat, or heat in increments in a microwave.), and transfer the liquid white chocolate to a piping bag (or a small Ziploc bag, if need be).

Cut the tip off of your piping bag, and pipe some antlers onto your reindeer cookies, then let cookies set until the white chocolate completely hardens before stacking, serving, or snacking!

Reindeer Sugar Cookies Recipe
4.9 from 25 ratings
If you're ready to take your holiday cookie game up a notch, then these delightful reindeer sugar cookies are a perfect choice.
Prep Time
35
minutes
Cook Time
15
minutes
Servings
24
Cookies
stacked reindeer cookies
Total time: 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • For the cookies
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup cornstarch
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour + more for dusting
  • For the icing
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon meringue powder
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons water
  • For decorating
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips, melted
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Add the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt to a bowl, and cream together until fluffy.
  3. Crack 1 egg at a time into the mixture, and combine until smooth.
  4. Pour in the cornstarch, and mix until combined.
  5. Add the 3 ½ cups of flour 1 cup at a time, mixing between additions, and mixing until all of the flour has been incorporated.
  6. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Then, dump your cookie dough onto it, and work the dough into a rectangle shape.
  7. Once you've achieved a rough rectangle, sprinkle a bit more flour on top of the cookie dough, and begin rolling it out with a rolling pin.
  8. When dough is rolled about ⅙-inch thick, begin cutting out your reindeer cookies with cookie cutter, and place them onto the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes, then turn the pan, and bake for another 7 minutes.
  10. Remove the cookies from the oven, and let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  11. While the cookies are cooling, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and meringue powder in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to the mixture, and combine until a smooth frosting forms.
  12. Once the cookies have cooled, dip the top side of each cookie into the chocolate icing, and let the excess drip off before setting aside to harden. Repeat until all cookies are iced.
  13. Let the icing set.
  14. Then, melt the white chocolate chips, and transfer to a piping bag (or a small Ziploc bag).
  15. Cut the tip off of your piping bag, and pipe some antlers onto your reindeer cookies.
  16. Let the cookies rest, and wait until the white chocolate completely hardens before stacking.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 237
Total Fat 8.9 g
Saturated Fat 5.4 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 34.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 37.2 g
Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
Total Sugars 19.3 g
Sodium 57.6 mg
Protein 2.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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