I have not decided if I love the holidays because of the family, friends and food that joyously fill the season OR if I just really like reindeer antlers. =D On my baked goods. On my socks. On my head.
Last year I made gingerbread latte cupcakes in a jar to match the antlers on my head for my good friend's Holiday party. Naturally, since I re-wore the same antlers to this year's party, I had to find another treat that would look great with antlers. And big red noses.
These Rudolph cookies take a little time to put together, but they aren't difficult to make. With some free time and a helper Christmas elf or two you may want to try them this year for yourself to liven up your own holiday parties.
Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies
Makes 30 2-inch cookies.
Your favorite gingerbread roll out cookie dough recipe*
2-inch round cookie cutter
1 bag white Candy Melts
1 bag light brown Candy Melts
Various sprinkles; I used silver sprinkles, pearls, white snowflakes and pink hearts
Wilton eye candies
Red candy (M&M's, jelly beans, etc)
*I used this one from The Decorated Cookie. The only difference is that I needed to add a lot more flour once I started rolling out the dough.
1. Prepare dough as directed. Cut out faces using a 2-inch round cookie cutter. Bake and set out to cool.
2. Melt white Candy Melts in microwave and pipe antlers onto wax paper. I did this freehand, but you can find a stencil on the internet as well.
3. Place various sprinkles onto antlers while they are still wet. Silver sprinkles look like snow!
4. Let dry. You can speed up this process in a freezer.
5. Once cookies are completely cool, melt brown Candy Melts and using a small spatula or butter knife to spread a thick coat over cookies.
6. While the candy melt is still wet, press antlers to top of cookies. Hold in place a few seconds.
7. Press Wilton eye candies below antlers.
8. Press red candy under the eyes. (or brown/black candy if you want regular reindeer instead of Rudolphs)
9. Let cookies dry for 15 minutes before moving.
You can use all kinds of sprinkles for these cookies. And if you use an edible pen you can change the look of the eyes as well. Add the slighlty different shaped noses and antlers and they can take on so many different personalities!
I added little hearts to some of the antlers because who said that Rudolph couldn't have secretly been a girl???
I also tried making some "regular reindeer". Instead of a red candy nose, I used a large upside down chocolate chip.
They were still cute, but c'mon. We know what we want during the holidays. THAT RED NOSE.
I also used these cookies the following day for Rachelle's annual holiday cookie exchange. I couldn't bake two separate yummies in one weekend... there are not enough hours in the day, I am not Beyonce.
I hope everyone's holidays have started off as wonderful as mine. I am knee deep in gingerbread lattes and cookies, burlap tree skirts and woodland creatures and we are only half way into December. Can't wait for the rest of it! There's still deep fried turduckens to eat, tamales to make, and Christmas Cheer to spread.
P.S. Oh, and just so you guys know. I think it's time to retire the antlers. I have gotten much good use from them the last two years. What's next? Elf ears? How can I dress up like a penguin? Anyone know?