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Adorable Rudolph Cookie Recipe for Santa

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This Rudolph cookie recipe is easy and fun for all ages. Leave these cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve or use these reindeer cookies at your next holiday party. This easy kids cookie recipe is perfect for the holiday season.

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Reindeer cookies are such a fun holiday kids recipe that they can easily assemble themselves. You just need a few simple items and you're on your way to the cutest cookies ever left for Santa Claus. This Rudolph cookie recipe is the perfect accompaniment to our Reindeer Cupcake recipe we just posted earlier last week.  heart cookie decorated like a reindeer

Reindeer Cookie Recipe Supplies

Begin by cutting your sugar cookie dough into hearts. Roll it out on a floured surface until your cookies are about a quarter inch thick. This will be the start of your Rudolph cookie recipe.

Tip: Use some Silpat silicone sheets to roll your dough out to avoid adding too much flour to the cookie recipe.

Place your cut cookies on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Try to keep your dough as cold as possible by frequently returning the dough to the fridge. Bake it according to the directions of your recipe and set it aside to cool.

Another Tip: After you've cut your dough, if it is still quite a bit soft, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes or fridge for 15 minutes.. This will keep your dough from spreading and loosing it's cookie cutter shape.

Now it's time to make the buttercream frosting for your Rudolph cookies.

Add your room temperature butter into a mixing bowl and cream it until it is smooth. Add some icing sugar a cup at a time and add your cocoa in as well. Whip your buttercream until you can see that it almost has the consistency of stiff whipped cream. You want to incorporate as much as possible into the buttercream frosting. Add your milk along the way if you frosting becomes stiffer. After you've allowed your Rudolph cookies to cool, use an offset spatula or non-grooved butter knife to frost your cookies. Make streaks going in a downward stroke to almost mimic reindeer fur on their faces.

Add your mini pretzels to the top two corners of your cookies. Then add your eyes and your candy nose to the Rudolph cookie.

Santa will love these reindeer cookies for Christmas and they're easily made so even kids can get in on the action. This Rudolph cookie recipe is going to be a classic for you to make every holiday season.

ruldolph cookie recipe for Christmas

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sugar Cookies

These holiday cookies are sure to please anyone but the kids will love them the most. Help them make their own Rudolph cookies. This is such an easy recipe for toddlers or even school parties.
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, christmas dessert, christmas party food, christmas recipe, dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 49kcal
Author: Lindsay


  • Your favorite sugar cookie recipe enough to make 1 dozen

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ stick butter softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

Rudolph Decorations

  • 24 googly candy eyes
  • 24 pretzels
  • 12 red M&Ms or chocolate covered candies
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter


  • Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out 12 hearts with your cookie cutter. Follow directions for baking and allow to cool completely before decorating.
    sugar cookies cut into hearts

How to make Buttercream Icing

  • Make your buttercream icing: beat together butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk with an electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually increase the speed to high.
  • Once the ingredients have completely combined, frost each cookie with an offset spatula.
    heart cookies with brown frosting

How to make the Rudolph face on a cookie

  • Place 2 pretzels on the top two corners of each cookie: these will be Rudolph’s antlers. Give him eyes and a nose with your red M&M. Enjoy and happy holidays!
    heart cookie decorated like a reindeer


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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