These Reindeer Sugar Cookies are perfect for your holiday celebrations. Make a plate for a neighbor.  Your kids will be thrilled with these cute cookies.  For more holiday cookie recipes try these butterscotch gingerbread cookies or this sugar cookie frosting, it is a favorite in my family.

chocolate reindeer sugar cookies

Reindeer Sugar Cookies Supplies

Wilton Royal Icing Mix
Performance Color System (brown, yellow, red)
2- tip #3
2 pastry bags
2 plastic couplers
gingerbread man cookie cutter cutter
Sprinkle holiday mix (green trees)
Red nonpareils
royal icing eyes
needle tool
chocolate sugar cookie dough
Wilton pastry bag clips

reindeer cookies supplies

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe

by Georganne Bell (You will want to visit Georganne’s site. She has some fabulous tips for making these cookies.)

1 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup cocoa
or 3 1/2 cups flour

Cream butter, shortening and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add baking powder and salt and mix again. Stir in the cocoa until well blended. Add flour 1 cup at a time. If you are going to make these cookies right away, add 3 1/2 cups flour. If you are going to “chill” the dough, or just wait for another day to make your cookies, stop at 3 cups.  Roll out on lightly floured surface. Bake at 375 F for 7-10 minutes.  Georganne recommends rolling cookies about  3/16″ thick and bake for 7 minutes.


How to Decorate Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Make and bake gingerbread man chocolate sugar cookies. Allow cookies to cool completely.


According to package directions mix up royal icing. Divide icing and color a little more than half light brown. The light brown royal icing should be flood consistency (see package instructions. Fill one pastry bag fitted with a #3 tip with the light brown royal icing. Fill the other bag with thicker piping consistency white royal icing.

reindeer cookie flood technique

With light brown royal icing draw outline of reindeer face on cookie. Fill in area with the royal icing. With the needle tool push icing to edge of cookie.

reindeer cookie needle technique

Pipe on antlers with the white icing.

Before icing sets, place a red m & m nose and royal icing eyes. Put two candy trees and a few red nonpareils at base of one antler to look like holly and berries.


reindeer cookie add antlers

reindeer cookie add holly

reindeer cookie from gingerbread man

Reindeer Cookie child activity

Reindeer Cupcakes

These Reindeer Cupcakes are super simple to make and are easy and fun for kids!




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