Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies

Fun and festive gingerbread reindeer cookies decorated with magical reindeer faces. |
Fun and festive gingerbread reindeer cookies decorated with magical reindeer faces. |
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 11 minutes
yield 10-12 cookies


Reindeer are one of the most beloved symbols of the Christimas season: they encompass all the joy and magic that we've all felt this time of year. Invite Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen (and who could forget Rudolph!) into your kitchen with these enchanting gingerbread reindeer cookies. Turn up the tunes to really get into the holiday spirit!

BY:Dad With A Pan


For the cookies:

  • 2/3 cup Nellie's Free Range Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large Nellie’s Free Range Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

For the decorations:

  • 2 dozen candy eyeballs
  • Black, brown, pink, and red cookie icing
  • Special equipment: 1 large gingerbread man cookie cutter


To make the cookies:

  • In a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth. Mix in brown sugar and molasses and combine until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  • In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, and ground ginger, then mix into wet ingredients one cup at a time until fully incorporated.
  • Split dough into two equal disks, wrap each in plastic wrap, and let chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
  • When ready to roll out dough, preheat oven to 350F. Unwrap one disk at a time and roll out onto a flour-dusted cutting board. Roll out until about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut out dough with gingerbread man cookie cutter (a great step to get the kids involved!) and set on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet with about an inch between each cookie to allow for spreading. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  • Let cookies cool on sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Let cool to room temperature before decorating.

To decorate:

  • To make the reindeer heads, turn the gingerbread men upside down. Use the head and torso area for the reindeer’s face, gingerbread arms for the reindeer’s ears, and the gingerbread legs for the reindeer’s antlers.
  • Use cookie icing to attach eyeballs onto reindeer faces. Use your creativity and imagination to put your own spin on the reindeers and have fun!
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