Peanut Butter Rudolph Cookies
Yummy and super easy Rudolph Cookies are fun for everyone to make. They’re the perfect Christmas cookies to add to your holiday baking list!
I’m all about simple and yummy recipes that I can make with my kids, or bake during the holidays. These super cute Christmas cookies couldn’t be any easier to whip up, and my kids absolutely love helping to put on the eyes, mouth, and antlers. They’re perfect for eating at home, serving at holiday parties, class parties, or packaging up for neighbor gifts.
Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
I’ll often make my own favorite peanut butter cookie dough, but I also sometimes use a peanut butter cookie mix if I’m in a hurry. They are super easy to make, and a huge, huge hit with kids. Of course their favorite part is the decorating, but as they get older they can also help with the making and baking of the cookies. Our annual baking day has these on the list, and they just add so much charm and festiveness to any treat plate we put together. I recently made these for a Christmas caroling activity, and they’re always a hit. Everyone loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who can resist reindeer cookies?
The recipe I often use just below, and it’s actually our favorite 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies that have no flour, which is perfect for anyone in your life that is gluten-free. All you need is red peanut M&Ms, chocolate chips (you can use mini chocolate chips too), and the round pretzels broken into pieces for decoration!
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You can either make and bake your own favorite peanut butter cookies, or mix peanut butter cookies from the mix according to package directions. When you place them on the cookie sheet, flatten them out just a little bit. While they’re baking, put the red M&Ms and chocolate chips in bowls, and break the pretzel pieces so they’re ready to go. As soon as they come out of the oven, add the red M&M for the nose, chocolate chips for the eyes, and broken pretzel pieces for the reindeer antlers. (Those are perfect jobs for kiddos!)
SO SO adorable!!
*If there are peanut allergy concerns, you could totally use the sugar cookie mix instead (or make your own soft sugar cookies), and decorate with plain M&Ms instead of the peanut M&Ms. Just as yummy, just as cute!
These cookies spread cheer everywhere they go! They’re perfect for your own family traditions, plus sharing them with others. If you leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, these are a fun one to include. I think Rudolph and all the reindeer would be impressed!
Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
- Mix the sugar and peanut butter together, then add baking soda and eggs. Mix well, then stir in the chocolate chips. (I've also used a wooden spoon…no mixer… when I was in a hurry–and It worked great!)
- Roll the dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet, then flatten them just a bit with your fingers. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the edges are set. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.
- While they’re baking, put the red M&Ms and chocolate chips (you can use mini chocolate chips too) in bowls, and break the pretzel pieces so they’re ready to go. As soon as they come out of the oven, add the red M&M for the nose, chocolate chips for the eyes, and broken pretzel pieces for the antlers. If you wait too long to add the embellishments, they won't stick to the cookie, and will fall off. Let cool completely.
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Kierste Wade is a published author, blogger, and mom to six. With more than 20 years DIY and project experience, she has been sharing ideas on her blog since 2009. Focusing on simple and doable projects, she loves to share attainable ideas for all things home, holidays, and family. Kierste has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, American Farmhouse Magazine (print and online) Taste of Home, Country Living, and more.