Sugar & Spice Reindeer
With or without the chocolate icing, these reindeer will bring a smile to young and old alike.
3 1/2 dozen cookies
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon whipping cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
Mini chocolate covered pretzels
Brown candy-coated chocolate pieces
Red gumdrops, cut in half or red candy-coated chocolate pieces
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cloves in a medium bowl; set aside.
Combine sugar and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg, whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture, beating well after each addition.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; chill until firm (at least 2 hours or overnight).
Heat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart onto large ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla in large bowl; beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired frosting consistency. Reserve 1/3 cup frosting. Add melted chocolate to remaining frosting; continue beating until well mixed.
Frost cooled cookies. Set 2 pretzels on top of heart to form antlers. Create 2 eyes using reserved white frosting; top with brown candy-coated chocolate piece. Place red gumdrop onto frosting for nose, cut-side down.
Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Recipe #14701©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.