You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen… sing along with me! Alright, you don’t have to. But it’s fun!
I love Christmas and one of my many favorite things are Santa’s reindeer. Aren’t they just one of the best magical parts of Christmas? I mean, my goodness, they fly!
Another one of my many favorite things is Christmas goodies. I’d say those are a magical part of Christmas as well, because, goodies! So how about we combine those two ideas?
We’ve put together four of the neatest ideas of reindeer recipes that you can make on your own or with your children to have a little Christmas fun and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. All four of these recipes – Rice Krispie Reindeer, Rolos Reindeer, Peanut Butter Cookie Reindeer, and Nutter Butter Reindeer – are so simple, quick and cute that you could do all four together at once! Then you can invite some friends over for a party, eat these wonderful treats, and play some reindeer games.
So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
Rice Krispie Reindeer
First, gather your few ingredients of icing, decorating gell, Wilton candy eyes, red M&M’s, pretzels and some (unwrapped) Rice Krispie Treats.
Second, pipe a small amount of icing on the top corners of the of the Rice Krispie Treat and add a pretzel onto each one to make antlers.
Third, put the decorating gel on the eyes and place on the Rice Krispie Treat. Repeat with the M&M for the nose.
Finally, cut a slight diagonal piece of off each long edge of the Rice Krispie Treat to create a triangle shape for the face.
And that’s it! You’ve got your first group of reindeer.
First, get together the ingredients you already have of pretzels, Wilton candy eyes, and red M&M’s. And add some Rolos to the group.
Second, place some parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Put whole pretzels down on the parchment paper and a Rolo on top of each pretzel.
Third, put your cookie sheet in an oven set to 250 degrees. Leave Rolos in for 3 minutes. You want them just softened, not completely melted.
Fourth, while the Rolos are in the oven, prepare more pretzels to become the antlers by cutting them in half.
Helpful hint: With the pretzel laying flat on a cutting board, place a sharp knife directly in the center of the pretzel and quickly punch the knife down with the heel of your hand. The quick motion will make a cleaner cut, as opposed to sawing the pretzel. There may be a few pretzel casualties, but the quick motion, as opposed to the saw motion, will be much better. And faster.
Next, pull the cookie sheet out of the oven and work quickly to add the antlers, eyes, and red nose to the Rolos.
Let cool. You’ve got your second set of reindeer finished!
Peanut Butter Cookie Reindeer
First, make a basic peanut butter cookie dough. Scoop out onto a cookie sheet and follow instructions for baking time.
Second, while waiting for the cookies to bake, gather more Rolos, M&M’s, Wilton candy eyes, and cut pretzels. Arrange in groups so you’ll be ready to work quickly when the cookies are out of the oven.
Third, with one minute left on the timer pull the cookies out of the oven. Immediately add the Rolo and then place them back in the oven for that last minute of baking.
Once the cookies are finished, pull them out, quickly press the antlers and the eyes into the cookie to snuggle them and hold them in place, and then add the M&M.
Helpful hint: The additional time on the pan will help soften the Rolo, so the longer they are able to sit on the pan before pressing the M&M, the less likely you’ll be to press the Rolo too much to make it look more bear than long reindeer nose.
And that’s it for your third batch of reindeer recipes!
Nutter Butter Reindeer
First, grab your ingredients. Again, the pretzels, Wilton candy eyes, and red M&M’s. This time add Nutter Butters and chocolate candy melts to your things.
Second, melt the candy either in the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler.
Third, place a Nutter Butter in the chocolate. Move around until fully covered. Place on parchment paper.
Fourth, quickly add eyes, red nose, and cut pretzels.
Helpful hint: As mentioned before, with the pretzel laying flat on a cutting board, place a sharp knife directly in the center of the pretzel and quickly punch the knife down with the heel of your hand. The quick motion will make a cleaner cut, as opposed to sawing the pretzel. There will be a few pretzel casualties, but the quick motion, as opposed to the saw motion, is much better. And faster.
Let the reindeer dry completely before removing them from the parchment paper.
And there you have it. Four of the easiest reindeer recipes around! But don’t let how simple they are to make fool you. They’re also cute and oh-so-yummy. Because of that, just like Rudolph, these treats will go down in hi-stor-eeeeee!