Prepare sugar cookie dough according to the recipe (or use your favorite store bought sugar cookie dough.) 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. Transfer to a cooling rack after 2 minutes of resting on cookie sheet, to cool completely.
Once cookies have cooled completely decorate as Reindeer.
For the Frosting
Combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until completely smooth. Mix in the cocoa powder. 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 chocolate for the antlers. Use a toothpick to add a touch of melted chocolate for 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).