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Christmas Reindeer Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Bring the magic of the holiday season into your kitchen with these charming Christmas Reindeer Chocolate Sugar Cookies. These sweet treats are as delightful to the eyes as they are to the taste buds. Crafted from rich chocolate sugar cookie dough and creatively decorated to resemble adorable reindeer, these cookies will light up the faces of both kids and adults alike.

Today I have a simple fun and classic recipe for you to enjoy for the holiday season! These chocolate sugar cookies are so much fun for the kids to make with you! They are the kind you see getting decorated in Hallmark movies, but certainly not too complicated to make.


1. Can I use regular sugar cookie dough instead of chocolate? Yes, you can certainly use a regular sugar cookie dough, just be mindful that this will alter the flavor and color of your reindeer cookies.

2. Can I make these cookies gluten-free? Absolutely! Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free variety. Ensure that your other ingredients, particularly the cocoa powder, are also gluten-free.

Tips and Tricks

  • Chill your dough before rolling and cutting out the shapes. This makes the dough easier to handle and helps the cookies maintain their shape during baking.
  • Use a thin spatula to transfer the cut-out cookie shapes to your baking sheet to prevent them from warping or breaking.
  • To ensure even baking, rotate the baking sheet halfway through the bake time.


  • Peppermint Reindeer Cookies: Add a bit of peppermint extract to the cookie dough for a festive twist.
  • White Chocolate Reindeer Cookies: Swap the cocoa powder with melted white chocolate for a different flavor profile.

Where to Serve

These delightful cookies make a lovely dessert for a holiday party or a fun afternoon snack during the holiday season. They also make beautiful, edible gifts for loved ones or can be left out for Santa Claus himself!


Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, you can freeze them in a zip-top bag or airtight container for up to 3 months.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Cookies Spreading Too Much: If your cookies spread too much during baking, it’s usually because the dough wasn’t chilled enough. Make sure to chill your dough for at least 2 hours before baking.
  • Burnt Edges: To avoid burnt edges, keep a close eye on your cookies while they’re in the oven, and remember that baking times are just guidelines as oven temperatures can vary.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

Kids will love helping with this festive cookie recipe! They can assist in mixing the dough, rolling it out, and using the cookie cutter to make the reindeer shapes. When the cookies are baked and cooled, children will have a blast decorating the reindeer faces using icing, chocolate chips, and other decorations.

Topping Options

For the reindeer faces, use mini pretzels for the antlers, red or brown M&Ms for the noses, and either white icing with a dot of black icing or mini chocolate chips for the eyes. You can also add some festive sprinkles for additional color and texture.

Why This Recipe Works

The Christmas Reindeer Chocolate Sugar Cookies recipe is a winner because it combines the irresistible flavors of a classic chocolate sugar cookie with the festive fun of holiday baking. These cookies are not only delightful to eat but also spark joy with their festive design, making the baking process and the final product a true celebration of the holiday spirit.

What are some more fun Christmas Cookies to make?

Holiday Baking Fun With Kids: Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Yield: 12-15 cookies

Holiday Baking Fun With Kids: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

These fun and tasty chocolate sugar cookies looks just like gingerbread cookie but it's not!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.

In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and then vanilla.

Slowly add flour mixture and beat just until combined.

Remove dough from bowl to waxed paper or plastic wrap. Shape into a square, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut using cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until edges are set. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Cool completely before decorating as desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 454Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 86mgSodium 172mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 6g

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Janine Huldie

Monday 9th of December 2019

Love the foodie gift suggestions and yummy, awesome cookie recipe to make with the whole family, too!! Thanks Nellie :)

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