Reindeer Cookies


Attention Everyone:  There are only 10 days until Christmas, I repeat 10 days!

I might not be the only one, but I don’t like the 26th of December; because, that marks the END of the Christmas season.  I love Christmas so much.  I love all of the Santa’s in every corner, all the decorations, the Christmas lights, the hustle and bustle at the mall, wrapping presents, giving presents, volunteering, and spending time with loved ones.  I always look forward to Christmas, and I am always sad to see it go.

Things haven’t beeReindeer Cookien feeling very Christmasy as of lately (is that even word?  if not, I vote that it becomes one) because of this non-so Christmasy weather that has been going on down here in the South.  I couldn’t think of anything better to help me get into the Christmas spirit then making some adorable Reindeer Cookies.  These cookies are perfect to do with the little ones, and they would be a great present for Santa on Christmas Eve!  They are simple, and the Sugar Cookie recipe could pretty much be replaced with any other cookie, and they could be made with store bought cookie dough.  The only thing is, they have to be fresh baked cookies, in order for the pretzels to stay on!

Reindeer Cookies

IngredientsReindeer Cookies

2 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pretzels (in normal pretzel shape)
Red M&Ms
Semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder).  Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto UNGREASED cookie sheets.  Try your harderst to make every cookie almost the same size, so they will cook at the same rate.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until slightly golden on the bottom.  I always remove mine out of the oven, as soon as the bottom is soft enough to be removed with a spatula.  You want them to be a little mushy on top so you can imprint the reindeer parts.
4. Immediately after removing, place the pretzels on the top of the cookie to look like reindeer ears, the red M&M for his nose, and two pieces of the chocolate chips for his eyes.  This part needs to go kind of quickly, because I found as they hardened the pretzels wouldn’t stay on anymore.

I asked my dad to draw me a picture of Santa, and he gave this to me within a minute...I wish I inherited his drawing skills.

I asked my dad to draw me a picture of Santa, and he gave this to me within a minute…I wish I inherited his drawing skills.

I would love to see pictures if anyone re-creates this on their own!

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Why do you put salt in cookies?


I found this question in my search terms for my blog, and it sparked my brain to do a little research!  I know how frustrating it is to try to find the answer to a question, and the search engine leads you to the wrong website and you have to filter through a bunch of information to a get an answer that isn’t there!  I decided that I would find the information to this answer myself, and make it straight to the point.  Maybe next time, I’ll save someone the brain ache of sorting through Google information.

Many would like to say that salt is needed for scientific reasons, but unfortunately the salt in your cookie isn’t going to make it last longer and it isn’t going to make or break the cookie.

Salt helps add to the flavor of anything, not just cookies.  When using the right amount of salt (and not too much), the salt acts as an enhancer and brings out the flavors of what ever it is being used on.  Just imagine eating some french fries; they have an alright flavor, but they are missing something…you add some salt and BAM! they are delicious.  Now, I don’t think you’ll have quite the same BAM! moment when adding salt to a cookie, but it is the same type of idea.

The salt that is added into the cookie won’t make the cookie taste salty, and it won’t take away from the sweetness of a cookie (unless the lid falls off the salt shaker when you are shaking it).  In a lot of cases, salt isn’t creating a flavor of its own; it is just simply adding to the other flavors.

There is also some evidence to suggest that salt kills bacteria.  The bacteria in your cookie dough would result from the raw eggs.  There is not really enough salt in cookie dough to kill all of the eggs though, so this last claim might not exactly be the most important in terms of the reasons why salt is found in cookies.

And there you have it, salt is added into your cookie (or other baked good) to ENHANCE the flavor, not to create its own flavor.

A big thanks goes out to this wonderful article, for providing me with some great information.  I had to weed through quite a few pages on Google before finding the correct information.