It’s definitely Christmas Cookies season! If you do any kind of cookie swap during this time of year, you’re probably always on the hunt for new ideas! This year we made these adorable Gingersnap Reindeer Cookies and they were a hit because the kids were able to get involved!
Before I had kids, I liked making four or five different cookies each year. Now my focus is on finding one or two ideas that the kids can help with. It’s a great way to make holiday memories! Plus, you’ll be ready for your next cookie swap (or have some great gifts to hand out)!
Gingersnap Reindeer Cookies
You can bake your own gingersnaps and use them to make these easy Gingersnap Reindeer Cookies or go the easiest route and buy some premade. When it comes to saving time, I’m all about buying cookies at the store and turning them into something cute for the holidays!
Our No Bake Santa Cookies are another example of a Christmas cookie project that’s great to do with the entire family!
I’ve included a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these easy Christmas cookies. This post also includes affiliate links.
We’ve also included a printable list of directions and materials at the bottom of the post to make it easier for you!
Ingredients You Need to Make Gingersnap Reindeer Cookies
- Pretzels twists
- Large candy eyes
- Malted milk balls
- Red frosting (in a zipper sandwich bag or pastry bag)
- 1 cup Wilton light cocoa candy melts
- Edible pink glitter or pink sparkling sugar
How to Make Christmas Reindeer Cookies
Since we like easy, especially when the kids are in the kitchen, these cookies only have a few steps!
Your kids can do a lot of it themselves as long as they’re old enough to handle dipping the cookies and pretzels into melted chocolate. They will need parent assistance or the assistance of someone old enough to use the microwave to melt the chocolate!
Oh, and if you’re looking for red frosting, you can either color your own vanilla red or look around at your local grocery stores! Most have red vanilla frosting this time of year!
Step 1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the candy melts on 50% power for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
Step 2. For half of your gingersnap cookies, dip a malted milk ball into the melted chocolate and press onto the bottom of each cookie.
Step 3. On ALL of your cookies, dip the bottom curve of a pretzel twist into the melted chocolate and place on the top of each gingersnap cookie, setting it off a bit to one side.
Step 4. Repeat with a second pretzel twist and press to the other side of the top of the cookies to create the antlers for your reindeer cookies!
Step 5. Dip the back of two candy eyes into your melted chocolate and place below your pretzel twist antlers. Do this on all of your cookies.
Step 6. Fill a zippered sandwich bag (or pastry bag) with red frosting and snip off one corner.
Step 7. On the reindeer cookies without malted milk ball noses, use the red frosting bag to draw a circle Rudolph nose underneath the candy eyes.
Step 8. Sprinkle a pinch of edible pink glitter onto your red noses to add some Christmas magic!
Step 9. Let your cookies set for about 25 minutes so the melted chocolate can harden and then enjoy!
You can make these with different types of cookies if your family prefers a different flavor! Peanut butter, sugar cookies, and gingerbread work great too!
Printable Directions for Easy Reindeer Cookies
Click on the link below to get a printable version of the directions for these no-bake holiday cookies. The directions include all of the steps and an ingredients list as well!
You’ll be prepared to make your very own cookies!
These cookies would be a great addition to the dessert table for Christmas or a cute option to leave out for Santa!
I also think they’d be great if you can bring homemade goodies to school parties. I’ve always wanted to host a cookie decorating party with our friends and I might use these now that the kids are getting a bit older!
Of course for now, I’ll admit that we’re just keeping them all to ourselves and enjoying them! That’s what holidays are for, right? A little indulgence now and then!