With Christmas only days away, we’re squeezing in every last ounce of holiday fun, food and crafty goodness that we can before Santa hits the slopes and heads to town (presuming that his sled does a bit of skiing action before taking to the air). And what better way to welcome him to our humble abode than with yummy cookies that are the spitting image of his trusty team?
Beany loves looking at their happy little faces, and I think the kiddos who are a bit older would get a kick out of making the reindeer themselves by pressing the pretzels and M&Ms into the warm cookies. Sometimes those little hands can be a big help.
• cookie dough (I used our favorite ginger spice cookie recipe, but any cookie will do.)
• chocolate-covered pretzels
• chocolate chips
• red M&Ms
Form dough into rounded tablespoons, and place on a baking sheet. Press the dough gently to flatten it slightly, and pinch the bottom end of each ball of dough so it comes to a slight point. Bake cookies according to recipe’s instructions.
Remove cookies from the oven. While they’re still warm (and before they’ve completely set), gently press two chocolate chips into the dough for the eyes, one red M&M for the nose and two chocolate-covered pretzels for the antlers.
Place cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
How’s your holiday break shaping up? Are you baking up a storm? Decking the halls? Wishing for snow? Do tell!