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Looking for a last-minute Christmas cookie for young and old? I’ve got you covered, you have to try these Soft Ginger Reindeer Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup molasses
Brown and red M&M candies
Pretzel twists (you can use chocolate-coated or plain)
Preheat oven to 350F / 180C
Sift together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg, stir in the water and molasses.
Gradually mix/stir in the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.
Shape dough into slightly bigger than walnut-sized balls.
Place the cookies ±2 inches apart onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
To shape the reindeer, slightly pinch the bottom of the dough ball between your thumb and forefinger and then use your thumb and press down at the top to form the head.
It should resemble an upside-down triangle.
Arrange cookies on baking sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
Once done, remove from oven, and while still hot, press two brown M&M candies into the top part of the triangle for the eyes (M&M writing should not be visible)
Also, press one red M&M to the bottom and center of the triangle for the nose.
Then stick the chocolate pretzels in place for the antlers. If you do use chocolate pretzels, they will stick better as the chocolate does melt into the hot cookie. If not, dip the bottom of the pretzel into melted chocolate and then stick it in the hot cookie.
Allow cookies to cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Be gentle with the antlers!
Prepared, tried, and tested by Corlea Smit
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16 thoughts on “Soft Ginger Reindeer Cookies”
Ginger cookies smell and taste great! Very creative touch with the M&Ms and pretzels, Esme. Thanks for sharing the recipe. #seniorsalon
Thank you, Natalie – we had lots of fun making these. You can decorate and shape it any which way and create lots of different designs
I wish I’d seen this before Christmas, but you can eat ginger reindeer all year round, right?
Kristy most definitely, at least the reindeer did not run away, hope you will enjoy them
love the ease of these I will be giving them a go. x
Great to hear that you will try it out. Please let me know once made. 🌹
Love those. Cute idea. Look to cute to eat. Although they look delicious.
Try them Crystal – our grandkids love them
Thse sound delicious and look so festive and cute!
Thanks Rachael. Yes for sure very festive and loved by all.
Lovely, will try my hand at these!
Hi Swati. Truly easy and fun to make. Hope you will try them and keep me posted. Would love to get your feedback.
Well my 5 year old just started kissing my tablet.. so sometime will have to make them, they look great!
Hi Marian – that’s so cute, it’s super super easy and yes I agree the kids do love them.
Thanks for reminding me about these cookies! I plan to get some of my grandchildren to help me make them next weekend!
We had some great fun making them with our six-year-old granddaughter. she just loved pinching the face into shape and also helping with the decorations. Enjoy