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How to Turn Brownie Mix Cookies into Rudolph Cookies

Turn ordinary chocolate brownie mix cookies into darling Rudolph cookies with pretzels, chocolate chips and red M&Ms. They’re a festive party snack perfect for the holidays!

Rudolph cookie on a plate

Sometimes my cookie baking process is all thought out and planned. But, these reindeer cookies were a happy accident!

As I was pulling out a batch of brownie mix cookies from the oven, I suddenly remembered I had some mini pretzels in the pantry. I decided to try making my own version of reindeer cookies using the things I had in my pantry right then. They were so fun and easy to make, I wanted to share with you this way to make easy reindeer cookies, too.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

With just a few strategically placed ingredients, you are going to feel like a Christmas cookie artist! With a little help with adults, these cookies would also be fun for kids to help with, too.

Ingredients

Reindeer cookies on plates with a bowl of red and green m&ms on the side

Instructions for Rudolph Cookies

  1. Mix up the brownie mix cookies according to the easy brownie mix cookie recipe.
  2. Immediately upon taking them out of the oven, gently press on each cookie:
    • 2 pretzel ears
    • 2 chocolate chip eyes
    • 1 red Rudoph nose with a red M&M
  3. Let the cookies cool on the pan before removing them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Close up of a rudolph the reindeer cookie on a white plate

Tips & Tricks

  • Work quickly to press the candies in the cookies while they are still warm, but press down gently.
  • Place the chocolate chips carefully and don’t touch them again as they may start to melt and make a mess if you try to remove and reposition.
  • The placement of the eyes is the key to how friendly your reindeer look. I like to put them quite close together with the nose centered underneath.

Substitutions

Many rudolph cookies have darling candy googly eyes, but I just couldn’t find any in our Canadian town. If you have time, though, you can order some from Amazon – or you might be able to find them easily where you live!

Another option I’ve seen is “glueing” on the candies after the cookies have cooled with icing or melted chocolate. I’m sure that works well, too.

How to serve Rudolph Reindeer Cookies

These Christmas reindeer cookies could be served on any type of cookie tray. For something different, you could use a vintage cookie sheet with crumpled parchment paper as a tray. Sprinkle around some Christmas candy for a fun and festive look. You could even use these reindeer cookies as the center of attention on a Christmas cookie charcuterie tray!

A christmas cookie tray filled with rudolph cookies

Equipment

No special equipment is needed with these chocolate reindeer cookies – except my normal favorite cookie baking supplies and some googly eye candy if you’d like!

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Storage

The pretzel ears make these Rudolph cookies a bit fragile to store. I laid them out very carefully in large plastic containers and placed parchment paper between the layers and froze them since I wanted to use them later.

They can be stored in any airtight container or ziploc bag and be kept at room temperature for 3 days.

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Rudolph Cookies

Rudolph Cookies

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Turn ordinary chocolate brownie mix cookies into darling Rudolph cookies with pretzels, chocolate chips and red M&Ms. They’re a festive party snack perfect for the holidays!

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe brownie mix cookies
  • 60 mini pretzels
  • 60 chocolate chips
  • 30 red M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Mix up the brownie mix cookies according to the easy brownie mix cookie recipe.
  2. Immediately upon taking them out of the oven, gently press the following on each cookie: 2 pretzel ears,2 chocolate chip eyes, and 1 red Rudoph nose with a red M&M
  3. Let the cookies cool on the pan before removing them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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