Reindeer Cookies

I wanted to try some stained glass cookies, but I didn’t have the right cookie cutters. I came up with this recipe instead and the kids will enjoy them. First, buy some Jolly Rancher hard candies and separate the colors. I used the cherry flavored for the nose. Put the candies in a plastic bag and smash them with a meat mallet. Set them aside. Make dough. You will need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening

In a large bowl, blend the sugar & shortening together. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Next add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Blend well. Chill the dough for two hours. Remove from fridge. Take a portion of the dough and roll out on a floured surface. I use an old sock on my rolling pin to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Pick your cookie cutter and dab it in some flour. I used a reindeer face cookie cutter. For the nose section, I used the bulb end of a turkey baster minus the bulb of course. Using a spatula, remove your cookie from your floured surface and place on a parchment-lined cookie tray. Chill the cookie cut-outs for twenty minutes. Remove from fridge and with a spoon add the crushed candy to the cut-out section. For my cookies, it was the nose. Cook in a 350 F. degree oven for 12 minutes. After removing from oven, allow the cookies to set the stained glass part for five minutes, before removing from tray. Cool on a rack.


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