chocolate reindeer cookies

Are you looking for an easy chocolate Christmas cookies reindeer recipe? I found one easy enough for children to have fun making with you. And for more Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer fun, visit Christmas Handprint Craft: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Movie and Christmas Handprint Gifts: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Decoration and T-Shirt.

This Chocolate Christmas Reindeer Cookie recipe from Betty Crocker is very easy to make – just bake chocolate cookies in the shape of a rounded heart, add salty pretzel “antlers”, and decorate each reindeer’s face with M&Ms. (Use a red M&M for a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Christmas cookies.)

Kids of all ages will enjoy these Chocolate Christmas Cookies…Santa, too, but I’m not sure about Rudolph!

Chocolate Christmas Cookies Reindeer Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 min
Makes: 5 dozen cookies


1cup butter, softened
1/2cup powdered sugar
1/2cup packed brown sugar
1/4cup unsweetened baking cocoa
3tablespoons milk
1teaspoon vanilla
1egg yolk
2cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
60large pretzel twists
120chocolate chips


1.Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in sugars and cocoa until well blended. Beat in milk, vanilla and egg yolk. On low speed, slowly beat in flour until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally.
2.Fit heart template in cookie press; fill cookie press with dough. Place pretzels onto lightly floured surface. Force dough through template on top of flat, bottom end of each pretzel twist (two rounds at top of pretzel will form the antlers). Press 2 M&Ms at upper part of heart to make eyes, and 1 chocolate chip to make nose on each reindeer. Place reindeer on ungreased cookie sheet.
3.Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are firm, but not browned. Remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Kitchen Tips

  • If you don’t have a cookie press, shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Press 1 ball over bottom of 1 pretzel, pinching bottom in to form nose.
  • If your children (or you) like iced cookies, save the M&Ms for later. Bake the cookies, let cool, ice, and then add the M&Ms.