Reindeer and gingerbread men Christmas cookies

These adorable reindeer and gingerbread men cookies are perfect to give as gifts at Christmas time, or to serve alongside dessert after your lunchtime spread for a cheeky sweet treat.

  • 40 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
  • 30 mins marinating
  • Makes 40
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Reindeer Christmas cookies
  • 3 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 200 gram butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
Royal icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
To decorate
  • mini red and green m&m's
  • white chocolate, melted
  • milk chocolate, melted
  • freckles
  • edible glitter


Reindeer Christmas cookies
  • 1
    Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Combine butter, syrup and egg in a small bowl. Stir the butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Knead dough until smooth.
  • 2
    Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Roll one piece of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until about 3mm thick. Slide dough in baking paper onto a tray; refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Repeat twice with remaining dough.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line 3 large oven trays with baking paper.
  • 4
    Peel baking paper from top of dough, place back on dough. Turn over and remove top paper. Cut out dough with a 10cm gingerbread cutter, lift with a palette knife and place about 3cm apart on prepared trays. Knead scraps together and re-roll; repeat.
  • 5
    Bake, in batches, for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays.
  • 6
    Make royal icing: beat egg white in small bowl with electric mixer until foamy; beat in icing sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Stir in juice.
  • 7
    For the gingerbread men; pipe face and hands using royal icing. Attach mini red and green M&M’s for buttons.
  • 8
    For reindeer, turn gingerbread men upside, pipe milk chocolate for antlers, eyebrows, ears and mouth. Attach freckle to form nose. Pipe eyes using white chocolate, then pipe pupils using milk chocolate. Sprinkle antlers with edible glitter.


You will need a 10cm gingerbread cutter for this recipe.

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