Get ready to infuse your holiday season with a dash of charm and a whole lot of sweetness. Our simple and scrumptious sugar cookie recipe is the perfect canvas for creating adorable reindeer-inspired treats that friends and family will ask (or demand!) that you make them each and every year.

reindeer sugar cookies

Easy Rudolph Cookies

Adding a festive twist to classic sugar cookies, these adorable reindeer cookies are the perfect addition to any holiday gathering or cookie exchange.

This easy treat also makes for a fun and easy baking activity with kids, allowing them to get creative with decorating their own reindeer designs.

Reasons to Love These Reindeer Cookies

  • Quick and Easy – perfect for the busy holiday season.
  • Perfect for Parties – who doesn’t love a cute and delicious dessert?
  • Customizable and Fun – get the whole family involved in decorating these adorable reindeer cookies.
  • Make Ahead – stores easily for a few days, making them a great option for holiday gifting or a party.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make these easy reindeer cookies. And if you prefer to skip all the tips, information and answers to frequently asked questions, just scroll to the bottom for the the printable recipe card, found at the bottom of this page.

reindeer cookie ingredients
  • Unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Chocolate chips (for decoration)
  • Coconut oil (for decoration)
  • Mini red M&M’s or cinnamon candies (for decoration)

Supplies Needed

  • Stand Mixer or Bowl and Hand Mixer
  • Parchment Paper Sheet
  • Baking Sheet

How to Make the Reindeer Sugar Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. 

Make the cookie dough

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and sugar.  Cream until smooth.
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla.  Mix until smooth. Add in all the flour and baking powder and mix on low speed until well combined. 
  3. On a strip of plastic wrap, shape the dough into a log about 2 ½ inches in diameter.  Wrap tightly and chill for an hour.
reindeer cookie process 1
  1. Remove the dough log from the fridge/freezer, and using a sharp knife, slice the dough into ½-inch wide pieces. 
reindeer cookie process 2
  1. Place the cookies on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.  The edges should be set and just slightly browned. 
  2. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Decorate your Reindeer Sugar Cookies

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil.  Heat for about 30 seconds at a time and stir well between each interval until smooth. 
  2. Transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag (or ziploc). 
  3. Cut a small hole in the end of the bag.  Pipe the reindeer antlers, two eyes, and one small dot for the nose. 
  4. Place red M&M’s or cinnamon candies onto the nose before the chocolate sets.
  5. Allow the chocolate to set – enjoy!
reindeer cookie decoration 1

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Make gluten-free reindeer sugar cookies by using a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Sprinkle colored sugar on top of the dough before baking to add some extra sparkle.
  • Add a touch of peppermint extract to the cookie dough for a refreshing twist on traditional sugar cookies.
  • Want to make these cookies vegan? Use a flax egg and dairy-free chocolate for the decorations.

Storage and Gifting Options

These reindeer sugar cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They also make for great gifts packaged in festive holiday bags or boxes.

Consider adding them to your annual cookie exchange or as a thoughtful treat for friends and family.

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What to Serve with Reindeer Sugar Cookies

  • Serve these cute cookies alongside a warm cup of hot chocolate or eggnog for the ultimate holiday treat.
  • Set up a cookie decorating station at your next holiday party and let guests decorate their own reindeer sugar cookies.
  • Add some extra Christmas cheer by pairing these cookies with classic holiday movies like “Home Alone” or “Elf.”

Recipe Tips, Advice, and FAQ

  • If the dough is too sticky, chill it longer before slicing and baking.
  • To prevent the cookies from sticking to your cookie cutter or knife when shaping the dough, dip it in flour before each cut.
  • Use a non-stick baking sheet or silicone mat instead of parchment paper for easier cleanup.
fun reindeer cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a cookie cutter to shape the dough instead of slicing it?
Yes, you can definitely use a cookie cutter for different shapes and sizes. Just make sure to keep the thickness of the dough consistent for even baking.

Why do you chill the cookie dough before slicing?
Chilling helps to firm up the dough, making it easier to slice and hold its shape during baking.

Can I use milk or white chocolate for the decorations instead of dark chocolate?
Absolutely! Use your favorite type of chocolate or a combination for various flavors and looks.

How long will these cookies stay fresh?
These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days, but they are best enjoyed within the first day or two after baking.

Is this recipe kid-friendly?
Definitely! Kids will have a blast decorating their own reindeer sugar cookies. Just make sure to supervise when using the oven and hot melted chocolate.

More Christmas Treat Ideas

Feeling inspired by these reindeer sugar cookies? Add more festive treats to your holiday menu with these delicious recipes:

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I hope you enjoy your Reindeer Sugar Cookies. If so, please leave a star ★★★★★ rating and a comment below!

reindeer sugar cookies
5 from 1 vote

Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Get ready to infuse your holiday season with a dash of charm and a whole lot of sweetness. Our simple and scrumptious sugar cookie recipe is the perfect canvas for creating adorable reindeer-inspired treats that both kids and adults will adore.
Servings: 20 Cookies
Calories: 211kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 20 mini red M&M’s or cinnamon candies

Instructions
 

  • To make the cookie dough:  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and sugar.  Cream until smooth.
    1 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar
  • Add in the egg and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.
    1 egg, 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Add in all the flour and baking powder, mixing on low speed until well combined.
    2 ½ cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • On a strip of plastic wrap, shape the dough into a log about 2 ½ inches in diameter.  Wrap tightly and chill for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • Remove the dough log from the fridge/freezer and using a sharp knife, slice the dough into ½-inch wide pieces.
  • Place the cookies on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.  The edges should be set and just slightly browned.  Allow to cool completely before decorating.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil.  Heat for about 30 seconds at a time and stir well between each interval until smooth.
    ½ cup chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag (or ziploc).
  • Cut a small hole in the end of the bag.  Pipe the reindeer antlers, two eyes, and one small dot for the nose.  Place the red candy on the dot for the nose before the chocolate sets.
    20 mini red M&M’s or cinnamon candies
  • Allow the chocolate to set and enjoy!

Notes

If the dough is too sticky, chill it for a longer period of time before slicing and baking.
To prevent the cookies from sticking to your cookie cutter or knife when shaping the dough, dip it in flour before each cut.
Use a non-stick baking sheet or silicone mat instead of parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, is intended to serve as an estimate only, and is provided for informational purposes. The accuracy of nutritional information is not guaranteed.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies
5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)
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