Practical Pinterest–Christmas Cookies

So obviously, this is a little late but they are just too cute to keep to myself.  Just look at them!

Reindeer Collage

Before Christmas, all of the interns got together for a cookie swap.  I found these on Pinterest and just had to give them a try.  I got the recipe from BakerGirl.

Reindeer Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup shortening

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 egg

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon saltReindeer Collage 2

Chocolate-covered mini pretzels/full size

Mini brown M&Ms/mini chocolate chips

Regular-sized red M&Ms

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.

Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.

Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red or green M&M for the nose.

Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely. Reindeer Collage 3

Makes about 40 reindeer cookies.

When I was shopping for ingredients, I was unable to find mini- M&M’s and mini-chocolate covered pretzels.  For the antlers, I used full size pretzels, leading to me making pretty large cookies.  They ended up being about 3 inches tall and a solid 1 1/2 in wide.  For the eyes, I used mini-chocolate chips.  I also used chunky peanut butter rather than smooth which gave them more texture, which was nice considering how large they were. With my substitutions and enlargement, they still turned out great!  I Ended up getting a little under 20 per batch.

They were a hit at the party and didn’t fall apart during transit (my greatest fear).  We had a lot of variety at the party including lemon cookies, biscotti, blueberry muffin top cookies, gingersnaps and herb shortbread.  By pure chance, no one made any duplicates!  We got 2 of each variety.

Cookie Swap

Nutritional Information for 20 servings per batch (without the candy):  Calories 198, Fat 10g, Cholesterol 12mg, Sodium 173mg, Potassium 136mg, Carbohydrate 29g, Protein, 4g.

Final review: delicious! Perfect for any holiday/winter party. For the creative out there, I’m sure that this can be modified to fit a variety of occasions (maybe make an Easter bunny?) The chocolate, peanut butter and pretzel worked really well together.  Next time, I will probably try to find the smaller pretzels so that each bite has all three components.  Highly recommended to eat, and very fun to prepare.



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