Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Yield: About 2 dozen cookies
For the Cookies:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoons baking soda
For the Frosting:
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Chips* M&Ms and Pretzels broken into antler-like pieces for decorating
  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until just combined. (No streaks of flour should be visible but don't over-mix!)
  3. Chill dough in the fridge for at least 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375F. Use a small cookie scoop to portion dough into balls and then smush them into more of an triangle shape. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart. (Leave room for the antlers!)
  5. Bake for about 9 minutes or until cookies begin to turn golden. Be careful not to over-bake! Right after removing from the oven press the pretzel antlers into the warm cookies to set.
For the Frosting:
  1. Beat the butter with the powdered sugar (Mixture may be dry.) Add the vanilla and milk, gradually until frosting is smooth. Add the cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
  2. Frost cookies using an offset spatula, and place the chocolate chips and M&Ms to make the reindeer's face!
*I used regular but mini chocolate chips may work even better!

Base cookie recipe adapted from All Recipes
Recipe by The Baker Chick at