These cookies are one of my holiday favorites. They are easy to make because they just use a store-bought cookie mix but you can use your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. The assembly of the cookies can be a little time-consuming but they are so cute in the end!
I apologize the finished product picture is from last year, so the photo is not that great but it gives you a general idea of what they will look like.
1 Peanut Butter Cookie mix (I used 2 Betty Crocker snack sized) or 1 batch of your favorite Peanut Butter Cookies
Ingredients called for on the Packaged Mix (mine had water and oil)
Mini Pretzels Twists
Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
Cinnamon Decorations (Red Hots or the Betty Crocker Cinnamon Decors. Red M&Ms would also work)
Prepare cookies according to the directions. Cover dough with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. The cooler the dough will be the easier it will be to work with.
Prepare a bake sheet with parchment paper and flatten out your cookies and assemble them. I only bake 3 at a time because they spread. I have found that easiest way to shape the faces is to, roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball. Hold your pointer finger and thumb about an inch apart and flatten the dough between your fingers until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Should look something like this.
Once the cookie is flattened add 2 pretzels for antlers, make sure you don’t press them all the way down through the dough or they will snap off once they are baked. Add 2 chocolate chips for his eyes keeping them close together. These cookies spread when they are baked and you don’t want his eyes to end up miles apart. Then place a cinnamon candy for his nose. He should look something like this.
Bake at 350° F for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 2 minutes and then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling. I store mine in a plastic container that way they don’t break as easily. Makes about 24 cookies.