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In this week’s FOX8 Holiday Home How-To, Chef Keith Gardiner from GTCC shows us how to make some holiday treats. The recipes are posted below; the how-to video will be posted above shortly after the live how-to show has ended.

Reindeer Cookies

These reindeer cookies are really adorable! Children enjoy making and eating them. Add a red M&M® and make the Rudolph.

Prep: 30 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Total: 40 mins

Servings: 36

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 72 small pretzel twists, or as needed
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, or as needed


  • Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Step 2

Beat butter, sugar, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir flour and baking soda into creamed butter mixture until well incorporated.

  • Step 3

Roll dough into 36 balls. Flatten each ball and shape into an upside-down triangle. Press two pretzels into the two top corners of each triangle for the antlers. Press two chocolate chips into the center of each triangle for the eyes, and one chocolate chip or M&M on the bottom of the triangle for the nose. Arrange cookies on baking sheets.

  • Step 4

Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

208 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 25.9g 8% DV; fat 10.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 23.9mg 8% DV; sodium 381.6mg 15% DV.

© Copyright 2020 All rights reserved. Printed from 11/30/2020

Snowball Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups finely chopped pecans

Powdered sugar

How to make

  1. STEP 1

Heat oven to 325°F.

  • STEP 2

Cream butter and sugar in medium bowl until creamy. Add vanilla; beat until well mixed.

  • STEP 3

Add flour and pecans; beat at low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed.

  • STEP 4

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 16-18 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate-covered mini pretzels Mini brown M&Ms Regular-sized red M&Ms  

Preheat oven to 375°F.  

Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.  

Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.   

Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers.

Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose (or any other color… some of mine ended up with green noses. They might be South Pole reindeer.).   

Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely.   

Makes about 40 reindeer cookies.  

Source: Peanut butter cookie recipe from Jif.   Printed From: Bakergirl.