Reindeer Cookies

Submitted by: Suzanne McMinn on December 12, 2010

These cookies are so cute! They’re fun and easy to make. (Kids LOVE them!) And the sweet and salty flavor combination of the cookies and pretzels makes them absolutely delicious.

Servings: 5-6 dozen   Prep Time: 20 minutes plus chilling time   Cook Time: 8 minutes  


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
mini pretzel twists
butterscotch chips
large red M&Ms


In a medium-size bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer. Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Beat again. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour with a spoon. Divide the dough into two pieces. Wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.

Roll out one piece of the cookie dough into an 8-inch square (approximately, don’t get hung up on that). Trim sides to make them even. (Save the dough scraps to roll out again with the second piece of dough.) Cut into approximately 2- to 3-inch squares.

Cut across the squares to make triangles. Place two pretzels at the top on each side. Just slide them under the edge of the cookie and press down on the dough very lightly to make sure they stick. Place two butterscotch chips for the eyes and a large red M&M for the nose on top of the cookies; press lightly.

Bake at 350-degrees for about 8 minutes.

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