Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies


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Again this year I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  I was given 3 food bloggers to send cookies to.  The cookie I chose to make for my bloggers was this Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookie.

I also received 3 different cookie packages from 3 different bloggers.  I want to thank Beth from Beth's Blue Plate Special, Jennifer from Girl on the Range and Matt from Kitchen Man Cooks  for my awesome cookies!

I found the idea for my cookies from Pillsbury's site.  They use their refrigerated ginger cookie dough to make their reindeer cookies.  I used a Betty Crocker Peanut Butter cookie recipe for mine.

To decorate I used small pretzels for the antlers, chocolate chips for the eyes and a candied cherry cut in half for the nose ( you could always use half of a red gum drop also)

Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Butter, shortening, sugars, peanut butter and egg until combined.  Add in the remaining ingredients and beat until well combined.

Roll cookie dough into a log and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Slice dough into 1/4 inch slices and form into a triangle shape (shape of a reindeer head).

Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper and add 2 pretzels for the antlers.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes.

Immediately out of the oven place a half of a candied cherry for the nose and 2 chocolate chips for the eyes.  Let cool on baking sheets until set then move to a cooling wrack.