Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies (Kid-Friendly!)

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these delicious, cute, and fun Christmas cookies! 

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies (Kid-Friendly!)

Hey everyone! I can’t believe it’s Week 4 of Cara’s Christmas Cookie Countdown and only 2 weeks until Christmas! Be sure and check out all my recent cookie creations, if you’re new here. 🙂

For today’s cookie recipe, I thought I’d switch things up and share a more fun, kid-friendly Christmas cookie, since Christmas and the holiday season is all about family, right?

Today I’m sharing my Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies and they are so adorable, delicious, and fun to make! My boys had so much fun helping create these cute and yummy reindeer cookies, and I totally didn’t mind since they feature my favorite peanut butter cookie dough recipe.

These cute peanut butter reindeer cookies are no fuss and very simple to make. They’re decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, and M&Ms that you “glue” on with the help of some melted white chocolate. So easy and they look adorable on cookie trays for Christmas! 

In case you want to make these with your own family this year, keep reading for the full recipe and step-by-step tutorial. Don’t forget to save this post for later too! 🙂

 

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These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

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These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

How to Make & Decorate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

After preparing and chilling your peanut butter cookie dough for a minimum of 2 hours, use a small cookie scoop like this one to form 20 cookie dough balls. Next, roll each ball until smooth and pinch the sides to form an hourglass shape like shown in the photo below.

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

Slightly flatten out each cookie using the out with the palm of your hand and place evenly spaced apart on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms are lightly golden brown. Times may vary and require more time depending on your oven. 

After baking and cooling your peanut butter reindeer cookies, it’s time to decorate! 

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

To decorate the cookies, melt 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave and gather 40 mini itty bitty pretzels. Dip the bottom back side of each pretzel and adhere two of them to the tops of each cookie.

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

Next, place the remaining white chocolate chips in a small Ziploc bag, snip a small opening in the corner with a pair of scissors, and place three small dots of white chocolate on each cookie to adhere the eyes and nose.

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

Gently place the candy eyes and brown or red M&Ms on each cookie and let the white chocolate firm up for 15 minutes before serving.

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

I used peanut butter M&Ms for the Rudolph red noses because they’re bigger, and mini baking M&M’s for the brown, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

You can also use mini chocolate chips or even mini M&Ms for the eyes if you don’t have any candy eyes, but I think the candy eyes look the cutest!

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

Aren’t these peanut butter reindeer cookies just adorable?! Almost too cute to eat…almost. 😉 

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

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Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies (Kid-Friendly!)

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these delicious, cute, and fun Christmas cookies! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 stick salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural)
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp self-rising flour
  • 40 itty bitty mini pretzels
  • 40 candy eyes
  • 20 M&Ms in red or brown
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted

Instructions

  • Start by placing your softened butter in a large mixing bowl and cream together with the creamy peanut butter using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add in brown sugar and sugar and mix together until creamy. Add room temperature eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  • Next, begin adding in your flour 1/2 cup at a time until fully incorporated and your cookie dough has formed.
  • Cover cookie dough with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight to chill.
  • Remove chilled cookie dough from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350.
  • Using a small cookie scoop like this one form cookie dough balls. Next, roll each ball until smooth and pinch the sides to form an hourglass shape. Press down slightly on the top of each cookie with the palm of your hand and place evenly spaced apart on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms are lightly golden brown. Times may vary and require less or more time depending on your oven.
  • Once fully baked, remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  • To decorate the cookies, melt 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave and gather 40 mini itty bitty pretzels. Dip the bottom back side of each pretzel and adhere two of them to the tops of each cookie.
  • Next, place the remaining white chocolate chips in a small Ziploc bag, snip a small opening in the corner with a pair of scissors, and place three small dots of white chocolate on each cookie to adhere the eyes and nose.
  • Gently place the candy eyes and brown or red M&Ms on each cookie and let the white chocolate firm up for 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

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Hope you enjoyed today’s recipe for my Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies! Who can you make these fun Christmas cookies with this year? Let me know in the comments below! 

Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

 

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These Easy Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are made with my delicious homemade peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with pretzels, candy eyes, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Kids and adults will love these yummy, cute, and fun reindeer Christmas cookies! #christmascookies #cookies #reindeercookies #peanutbuttercookies

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