Super cute and easy to make Reindeer Cookies are the cutest Christmas cookie. The kids will love making them which makes it a great activity for your holiday parties. They start with a box brownie mix, tub of chocolate frosting and are decorated to look like Reindeer!
Did you know you could make cookies out of brownie mix? And not only that — did you know you could turn them into adorable reindeer? These super easy chocolate reindeer cookies are made simply from boxed brownie mix and fudge frosting! Then decorated to look like the cutest reindeer friends.
This family friendly recipe comes to the rescue when you are in a rush and need Christmas themed baked goods quickly. Christmas cake mix cookies are one of our favorite easy recipes during the holidays. But making cookies from brownie mix is absolutely delicious!
These chocolatey cookies are so fudgey and melt-in-your-mouth. You’ll love how simple they are to make and how adorable they turn out! Wouldn’t it be fun to make it a tradition to make these fun reindeer cookies on Christmas Eve with your whole family?
Why You’ll Love Rudolph Cookies
- You can make 22 cookies in a little over an hour. That’s the perfect amount for a party and great for a “just because” occasion too.
- These are the cutest cookie ever and would sell super easily at a holiday bake sale. They’re the most delicious cookie ever!
- This easy reindeer cookie recipe is made from boxed cake mix, so it’s perfect for novice bakers. Kids would have so much fun making these too!
Ingredients for this Reindeer Cookie Recipe
- Brownie mix – Grab a box of your favorite brownie mix for this simple recipe. The more chocolatey, the better!
- Water – For the best flavor, use filtered or purified water in these Christmas reindeer cookies.
- Vegetable oil – If you don’t have vegetable oil on hand, you can use canola oil, olive oil, or even avocado oil. Melted butter can be used in place of oil too!
- Flour – Add a little extra flour to the brownie mix to give them a little more structure.
- Eggs – Allow eggs to come to room temperature before adding them into the batter. They will mix a little more easily!
- Fudge frosting – Fudge frosting is the “glue” that holds these cookies and the decorations together. Just grab your favorite chocolate frosting at the grocery store.
- Pretzels – Mini pretzel twists will be the antlers for your cute adorable reindeer cookies!
- Red M&Ms – Give each reindeer a rudolph nose with a simple red m&m! Grab a brown m&m for a few noses for “regular” reindeer!
- Candy eyeballs – Candy eyes are in the baking aisle at most grocery stores and hobby stores. You can order them online too!
How to Make Reindeer Cookies
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
Then add brownie mix, flour, eggs, oil, and water to the bowl of stand mixer with the paddle attachment. You can also use a large bowl and electric hand mixer and mix on medium speed.
Once well combined, use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto the previously prepared baking sheet. The dough will likely be more runny than the average cookie dough, but that is normal! Just scoop and plop onto the baking sheet.
Bake the cookies in a preheated oven for 8 minutes. Then allow them to rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature before frosting.
Use approximately one tablespoon of frosting on each cookie and use an icing knife or butter knife to top the cookies.
Place two pretzels at the top of the iced cookies as pretzel antlers and then add a red M&M for the red nose. To finish the reindeer face place two candy eyeballs on the cookie, then enjoy!
How to Store Reindeer Cookies
It is important not to stack finished cookies or the decorations and frosting will get smushed. So store them in a single layer. You can use shallow airtight containers or even a 9×13″ baking pans covered with plastic wrap.
Store the chocolate reindeer cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for about a day. They may last a little longer, but the texture and decorations will be best when enjoyed within 24 hours.
I do not recommend refrigerating or freezing these cookies because the antlers will become soggy and the nose might “bleed”.
If you have followed the recipe exactly and have baked the cookies for 8 minutes, they are likely good to go! The cookies may not look fully baked, but they are.
The fudgey cookies just stay soft. Once the edges are set, the rest of the cookie will set as they cool. Allow them to cool on the pan too, and they’ll finish baking a bit on the hot pan.
- If you have a mess with icing, feel free to put it in a piping bag and pipe the frosting onto the top of the cookies.
- This mixture is very difficult to mix by hand, so I recommend using a stand mixer or hand mixer for sure!
- Leave these cookies for Santa! He’d sure get a kick out of seeing reindeer in cookie form.
These easy reindeer cookies are a super simple recipe, perfect for the holiday season! Enjoy a fudgey cookie and serve these a holiday parties.
More Christmas Recipes You’ll Love
- Skip the expensive bakery sugar cookies. Make bakery quality Christmas Sugar Cookies all on your own with this easy recipe!
- Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are so pretty and taste amazing. A Christmas tradition in our house for sure!
- Need some savory appetizers for Christmas? Then make these adorable Christmas Tree Mini Pizzas!
- Make easy Rolo Pretzels for the holidays! Incredibly simple and a salty sweet snack that everyone loves.
- 18.3 ounces box of brownie mix
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 16 ounces tub fudge frosting
- 44 mini pretzels
- 44 candy eyeballs
- 22 red M&Ms
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine brownie mix, flour, oil, 2 eggs, and water, mix until well combined.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes, do not overbake these cookies, allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes.
- Carefully remove and place on a wire cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.
- Frost cookies with approximately 1 tablespoon of frosting (adjust to liking).
- Place two pretzels at the top of the cookie for antlers. Add red M&M for the nose then place 2 candy eyeballs between the nose and the antlers.