Gingerbread Sugar Cookies turned into Reindeer

Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Cut Out Cookies become Reindeer in a few simple steps.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Reindeer Sugar Cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 6 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


For the Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

For the Decorations

  • 72 white chocolate chips
  • 36 red or brown chocolate candies
  • 1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips


For the Sugar Cookies

  • Prepare sugar cookie dough according to recipe.
  • Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and using a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out the dough.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes until lightly golden.
  • Once cookies have cooled decorate as Reindeer. 

For the Frosting

  • Combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until completely smooth. Mix in the cocoa powde. Slowly add the powdered sugar  and mix until thoroughly combined. Add 1 teaspoon of milk at a time to thin if necessary to create a smooth icing that can be spread easily on the cookies.

For Melted Chocolate (For Antlers and Eyes)

  • Melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals in mircrowave, stirring between each interval, until smooth and completely melted. Place melted chocolate into piping bag or sandwich bag to use for antlers on reindeer. 

To Assemble Reindeer

  • Pipe out a circle on the gingerbread’s head with the chocolate icing (think of the gingerbread men’s arms and legs as the antlers of the reindeer.)
  • Add a red or brown candy for the nose.
  • Add 2 white chocolate chips for the eyes.
  • Pipe on melted chcoolate for the antlers and pupils for the eyes.


The decorations are for 1/2 the recipe for sugar cookie dough.
You can double the icing and amount of decorations to make about 6 dozen or use the remaining half of the sugar cookie dough to make various cut-out cookies. (Or cut the recipe in half or freeze the additional half of dough for up to 3 months to use at future date). 
Nutrition Facts
Reindeer Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 7g8%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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