Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas and Reindeer's!

It is Christmas time and who wouldn't want some reindeer cookies?
These are super fun to make with your children or even make them and take them to a family with children.
They love them and think they are so fun.
They are a chocolate cookie with some frosting and goodies on top too. 

Reindeer Cookies
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
Canned chocolate frosting
Miniature pretzel twists
Halved red candied cherries or red candy-coated chocolate-covered peanuts

1. In a bowl, beat your butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Beat until they are all combined, scraping your bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If you need to cover and chill dough for about 1 hour or until it's easy to handle.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface roll, half of the dough at a time until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a a 2-inch triangular cookie cutter. (Or shape each half of dough into an 8-inch square. Cut each square into sixteen 2-inch squares. Cut each 2-inch square in half diagonally to make 64 triangles total.) Place triangles 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.

4. For each reindeer, pipe a little frosting on two pretzels; attach to the long side of each cookie for antlers. Use frosting to attach a cherry half to the opposite point for a nose. Pipe two dots of frosting for eyes. Let stand until frosting is set. Layer cookies between waxed paper in gift container; cover.

Makes around 55 cookies if they are 2 inch triangles