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Sugar & Spice Reindeer

Sugar & Spice Reindeer

With or without the chocolate icing, these reindeer will bring a smile to young and old alike.


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1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
03 hrs 25 min
Total Time
24
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Ingredients

Cookie

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

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 to 3 tablespoons milk

3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled

Decorations

Mini chocolate covered pretzels

Brown candy-coated chocolate pieces

Red gumdrops, cut in half or red candy-coated chocolate pieces

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cloves in bowl; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine sugar and 1/2 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg, whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour mixture gradually, beating at low speed after each addition.

  3. STEP 3

    Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; chill at least 2 hours or overnight until firm.

  4. STEP 4

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  5. STEP 5

    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 5-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla in bowl; beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired frosting consistency. Reserve 1/4 cup frosting. Add melted chocolate to remaining frosting; continue beating until well mixed.

  7. STEP 7

    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 (1 cookie)

120 Calories
6 Fat (g)
15 Cholesterol (mg)
80 Sodium (mg)
18 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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