If you are needing a fun Christmas cookie, these Peanut Butter Rudolph Cookies will be perfect. We transform a super simple thumbprint peanut butter cookie into a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. So fun!
Peanut Butter Rudolph Cookies
Every holiday season, I spend quite a bit of time baking with and without the kiddos. I like a more traditional cookie like the Traditional Spritz Cookie I shared with you last week. The kiddos love just about any cookie but when we do fun holiday treats like these Rudolph Cookies, they are always quick to gobble them right up.
I always keep a supply of red M&M candies on hand because they always make the best red noses for our treats. Also, pretzels make the perfect antlers. Years ago, when I was always pressed for time, we would make these Reindeer Cookies with store bought cookie dough. I shared those Easy Rudolph Cookies with you here. Since homemade always tastes so much better, I figured it was time to share the homemade version we made with you.
These Peanut Butter Thumbprint Rudolph Cookies are so simple and can be made in no time at all. With a few ingredients from your pantry, M&M’s, and Pretzels, you can have one adorable Christmas treat. The hardest part with making these cute cookies is breaking the pretzels for antlers on the reindeer.
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Butter Softened
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/3 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
48 Red M&M’s
96 mini Chocolate Chips
Mini Twist Pretzels
Break pretzels into pieces to use as antlers.
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
Slowly add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, beating until incorporated.
Roll into 1/2-3/4″ balls and place on cookie sheet several inches apart.
Sprinkle with sugar and gently make an indentation slightly off the center of each cookie.
Bake 12-14 minutes.
Place an M&M in the indentation of each cookie.
Insert 2 mini chocolate chips (pointy side down) above the M&M to be the eyes.
Insert 2 pretzel pieces to be the antlers.
If the antlers won’t stick, place some chocolate chips in a sandwich bag and microwave 30 seconds and knead until soft. Clip the very tip of the corner and pipe onto cookie to act as glue.
Do you have a fun holiday cookie that you make each year?
Looking for other fun Christmas treats? Be sure to see some of these other fun ideas that I have shared…