Oh, how I love the smell of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg filling my kitchen; all my favorite spices. Nothing says Christmas like some decorated cutout cookies, so today I am making Spice Reindeer cookies for our cookie exchange. These cookies are very simple to make, they taste great and are super cute. They just make you want to sing Dashing through the snow……!
The spice dough mixes quickly, just add butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix together and then add flour and all the spices.
Here is my beautiful dough ready to roll out, it’s been chilling for 30 minutes, actually so have I. For Northern California it has been cold here, I can see snow in the Tahoe.
Since this is a recipe for Spice Reindeer Cookies I’m using my awesome red reindeer cutter. If you don’t happen to have a reindeer cookie cutter, other cutters will be just as fun. You can even look around your kitchen for some fun shapes to cut out the dough, believe it or not a cup works great. For those of you wanting a reindeer cutter you can find one here .
All cutout and ready to bake. Looks like they might leap off my cookie sheet.
It’s time to decorate with royal frosting and candy. This will be easy and make our reindeer look extra cute.
These cookies require a simple piping around the reindeer and an added red cinnamon candy for you know whose nose. You don’t even need a piping bag for this. Just fill a plastic bag with the royal icing and snip a small end off the bag and you are all set to pipe or you can use a #5 piping tip.
Here are my beauties. Almost to pretty to eat.
Let’s make some cookies
Spice Reindeer Cookies
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups AP Flour
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. meringue powder
- 2 1/2 - 3 tbls. water
Making the dough
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until creamed.
Add in the eggs one at a time
Add the vanilla and beat until fluffy
Combine all the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture on low speed.
Divide the dough and place on wax paper and flatten. Wrap and place in the fridge for 1/2 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
On a floured surface, roll out one batch of dough to 1/8" thickness and cut with floured cookie cutters.
Set on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Repeat with the remaining dough.
When done set on a cooling rack until ready to decorate
Mix the powdered sugar and meringue powder in a small mixing bowl.
Add the water and beat until very thick. Adjust water as needed.
You want this icing thick enough to pipe and not spread on the cookie.
Decorating the cookie
Place the royal icing in a piping bag with a #5 tip and slowly pipe around the edge of the cookie.
Place a red cinnamon candy on the wet icing for the nose.
I really like decorating cookies, usually I go all out with lots of colors and designs, but I really love the simplicity of these cookies.
Now it’s time to go exchange some cookies.