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Rudolph Reindeer Cookies recipe #SpreadCheer #sp

Holiday Traditions: Baking Christmas Cookies

November 29, 2015 Sarah Coggins

One of our holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. Years ago, it was more of a solo thing I did for gifts for friends & family as well as the occasional cookie exchange. The past few years, my son has joined me and we’ve had a grand time making them together.

Rudolph Reindeer Cookies recipe #SpreadCheer #sp

This year we started our baking early with plans to Spread Cheer to family & friends by sharing some of the treats we had baked. We made our first batch last week using Peanut Butter cookie mix from Betty Crocker to make Rudolph Reindeer Cookies!

We started with one package of the mix and followed the directions on the back.

Making Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookies #SpreadCheer #sp

Stirring Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix #SpreadCheer #sp

After combining the ingredients, we poured our mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap and rolled it tightly to form a cylinder shape. Then placed it in the freezer for about an hour to firm it up.

I cut slices from the roll (about 1/4″ thick each) and placed them on a cookie sheet. Then showed Dylan how to pinch in on the side to form the “head” shape and add the mini pretzels, morsels, and cinnamon candies to decorate. He took it from there finishing the batch.

Reindeer Cookies: Decorating #SpreadCheer #sp

Reindeer Cookies: Baked #SpreadCheer #sp

After the cookies cooled, we packed them carefully into small reusable containers. We used the free gift tags from Betty Crocker and gold curling ribbon to add a little festive fun to the packages.

Add Finishing Touches to our #SpreadCheer Cookie Packages #sp

Betty Crocker Spread Cheer gift tags #SpreadCheer #sp

Then came the real fun – we took our Christmas cookies and made deliveries! Dylan had a great time being sneaky and leaving our surprise.

Spreading Cheer with Betty Crocker #SpreadCheer #sp

Spreading Cheer with Betty Crocker #SpreadCheer #sp

Linking up with Mommy & Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious? 

Ready to Spread Cheer to your friends & family?

  1. Visit Betty Crocker’s Spread Cheer site for a coupon and to download the free printable gift tags + Spread Cheer sheets
  2. Buy Betty Crocker cookie mix at your grocery store. There are 3 different varieties – sugar, peanut butter, and chocolate chip.
  3. Don’t forget to pick up decorating supplies! If you make Rudolph Reindeer Cookies like we did, make sure to get some mini pretzels, chocolate morsels, and cinnamon candies.
  4. Have fun making & decorating cookies with your family!
  5. Pack up the cookies in fun holiday bags, containers, etc. Add the gift tags.
  6. Make Spread Cheer deliveries to family, friends, and neighbors. Be sure to share photos on social media using the hashtag #SpreadCheer to help encourage the fun!

Then enter our giveaway below to win $20 via PayPal. Be sure to take a photo and post to social media using the #SpreadCheer hashtag AND nominate 2 friends to join in the fun. Add your link in the required spot in the Rafflecopter form below. All entries will be verified. Good luck!

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  • Leigh Anne Miller Borders November 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm
    I owuld love to make the reindeer cookies for my neighbors and kids.
    • Sarah Coggins November 30, 2015 at 9:40 am
      Glad you liked our idea! Thanks for entering & good luck. :)
  • Julie S. November 29, 2015 at 6:15 pm
    Those reindeer cookies are so cute! I should make them for Brayden's class when it's his turn to bring snack.
    • Sarah Coggins November 30, 2015 at 9:39 am
      What a great idea! They are definitely a fun cookie for kids and easy for Brayden & Kenley to help you make.
  • HS November 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm
    I would like to make present cookies & share with neighbors.
    • Sarah Coggins November 30, 2015 at 9:38 am
      Those are so cute! Thanks for entering - good luck!
  • Sara Brown November 30, 2015 at 8:28 am
    You know I love that our house made the cut in the pics! ;) Thank you again for the delish cookies!! William is rationing them out! haha!
    • Sarah Coggins November 30, 2015 at 9:38 am
      Glad you caught that! Your red door was perfect. :) Glad he enjoyed the treat.
  • Erin Lane November 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm
    Mmmmm, Salted Toffee Bars! Definitely going to make the reindeer cookies with the kids. SO EASY!
    • Sarah Coggins November 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm
      Oh, yum! Salted Toffee Bars sound delicious. We need to work out an exchange! :) And, yes, the reindeer are crazy easy. I hadn't made them in probably 10 years - so glad I remembered that idea so we could give it a try. Far less messy than our past cookie decorating experiences.
  • Lynn November 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm
    Hi Sarah, I need to get my act together and get gifts together for my neighbors as well. It's always on my To do list but never quite transitions to the 'done' list. You and Dylan are motivating me!
    • Sarah Coggins November 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm
      Glad we're motivating you! I feel like I'm behind in plenty of ways. Including baking. We've given out all of our reindeer in 3 special deliveries. Next up - sugar cookies or ginger snaps. Just have to figure out what sweet tooth mood I'm in!
  • krystyl olson November 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm
    i really love the upsoide down reindeer gingerbread man
  • Gina M (Wild Orchid) December 1, 2015 at 5:49 am
    I would love to make the snowflake mitten cookies! Entered the Rafflecopter as “Wild Orchid" Thanks for the chance to win! wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com
  • Andrea B. December 1, 2015 at 9:44 am
    I am pretty much an expert when it comes to the salted toffee bars, so I'd pick those. But man, I love buckeyes!!! YUM!
  • Kim Henrichs December 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm
    I would love to make the Peanut Butter Cookie Truffles!
  • Siri December 2, 2015 at 8:34 am
    Love this idea (and love Betty Crocker)! Can't wait to try this!
  • Stephanie Clark December 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    Those cookies are soo cute! What a fun post! =)
  • Kate K (My Mommy Brain) December 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm
    We LOVE PB cookies and this reindeer cookie is adorable!
  • Camille December 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm
    Oh these are too cute. I will definitely have to make them with my kids.
  • shelly peterson December 4, 2015 at 3:12 am
    I would make the Chocolate Chip Reindeer Cookies.
  • shelly peterson December 5, 2015 at 12:38 pm
    Here is the link to my share:
  • Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? December 6, 2015 at 8:49 pm
    I love that he's wearing a shirt with a spider on it in the picture! Also, the light in your kitchen is amazing. I know my girls love baking with me...and gifting, so this is the perfect thing to do when they are out of school before Christmas!
  • Breck December 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm
    These cookies are SO cute! Can't wait to try.
  • Nicole Elliott ~ Client December 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm
    This is such a great idea! Betty Crocker Classic Sugar Cookies are one of our favorite holiday treats!
  • Heather G December 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm
    Such a cute idea! We did something similar with pie for our neighbors!
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