5 from 1 vote
Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Dough Refrigeration
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 42 mins
Peanut Butter cookies with chocolate covered pretzels, cinnamon red hots and chocolate chips make these fun holiday cookies!
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Lynne
  • 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • chocolate covered pretzels
  • cinnamon red hots
  • semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  1. Into a medium bowl, sift flour with baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy, about 7 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure the first is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  4. Beat in peanut butter.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture, about 1/3 at a time, until just blended.
  6. Chill dough for 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, pinching the bottom to give the reindeer his chin.
  9. Place onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until set and just beginning to brown.
  11. Immediately upon removing from oven, place two chocolate-covered pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the antlers, two chocolate morsels for the eyes and a red hot for the nose.
  12. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and then gently transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Be sure you're sticking the parts into the cookie as soon as they come out of the oven because the cookie will start to harden and then it becomes difficult to perform the necessary facial surgery.

Dough freezes well if you do not want to bake them right away.