Reindeer Cookies – Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to day 6 of my Countdown To Christmas Cookie Recipes. Today’s recipe is for Reindeer Cookies. The perfect cookies to go with yesterday’s Santa cookies!

Tomorrow’s recipe is for Chocolate Hearts.

Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer cookies



  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 100g softened butter plus extra for greasing
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • finely grated rind of one orange
  • 225g plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 25g cornflour

To Decorate

  • 90g icing sugar
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • red food colouring
  • 25 edible silver balls


  1. Crush the cardamom pods lightly in a pestle and mortar and discard the shells.
  2. Grind the cardamom seeds to a powder. Beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl with a whisk until creamy, then gradually beat in the egg, orange rind and cardamom powder.
  3. Sift together the flour, cornflour and baking powder into the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough.
  4. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Grease 2 baking sheets.
  6. Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured work surface to 3mm thick. Cut out shapes using a reindeer shaped cutter and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  7. Re-knead and re-roll the trimmings and cut out more shapes until all the dough is used up.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until just golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth. *Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a separate bowl and colour it with red food colouring
  10. Spoon the rest of the icing into a piping bag fitted with a fine nozzle and pipe antlers, hooves, collar and a saddle in white icing on the cookies.
  11. Pipe a nose using red icing. For the eye, fix a silver ball using a blob of icing.

* We used mini chocolate beans stuck on with a blob of white icing instead


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