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December 4, 2023

Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites

An Easy, Fun Christmas Treat

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Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites covered in chocolate with pretzel pieces for antlers and mini M&Ms as eyes and nose.

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Get merry with this easy recipe that turns cookie dough balls into festive reindeer! Perfect for a holiday party or to surprise the kids.

Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cook time: 25 mins

  • Total time: 35 mins

  • Servings: 18

Ingredients

  • Edible Cookie Dough Bites

    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

    • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

    • 1/4 tsp salt

    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    • 1.25 cups pulverized rolled oats or graham cracker crumbs

    • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  • Reindeer Pretzel Candy Assembly

    • 10 oz. melting milk chocolate (or milk chocolate chips)

    • 1 cup pretzels, broken in half

    • Candy eyes (for garnish)

    • Red M&Ms or other red candy (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla, and beat until light and fluffy.

  2. Add the oat flour or graham cracker crumbs and fold to combine.

  3. Stir in the mini chocolate chips until evenly dispersed. 

  4. Using a small 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, form the cookie dough into small balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Place the tray in the fridge to chill. 

  5. Melt the chocolate: place the chocolate in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. (Alternatively, use a double boiler to melt the chocolate.)

  6. Working one at a time, dip the cookie dough balls into the melted chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip off back into the bowl, and place them on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper. Working quickly, stick 2 pretzel pieces in the top of the chocolate ball (immediately after dipping it in chocolate, while it’s still wet). Then allow them to sit to let the chocolate harden.

  7. Use a small amount of melted chocolate to stick 2 candy eyes and a red candy nose on each pretzel candy. Place the tray of candies in the refrigerator to let set completely before serving. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla, and beat until light and fluffy.

Butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla beaten in a bowl to make Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites.
Butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla beaten in a bowl to make Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites.
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Step 2

Add the oat flour or graham cracker crumbs and fold to combine.

Cookie dough in a bowl with oat flour and graham cracker crumbs added.
Cookie dough in a bowl with oat flour and graham cracker crumbs added.
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Step 3

Stir in the mini chocolate chips until evenly dispersed. 

Cookie dough in a bowl with chocolate chips added.
Cookie dough in a bowl with chocolate chips added.
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Step 4

Using a small 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, form the cookie dough into small balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Place the tray in the fridge to chill. 

Cookie dough bites on a baking sheet ready to chill in the fridge.
Cookie dough bites on a baking sheet ready to chill in the fridge.
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Step 5

Melt the chocolate: place the chocolate in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. (Alternatively, use a double boiler to melt the chocolate.)

Melting chocolate in a bowl, ready to make Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites.
Melting chocolate in a bowl, ready to make Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites.
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Step 6

Working one at a time, dip the cookie dough balls into the melted chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip off back into the bowl, and place them on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper. Working quickly, stick 2 pretzel pieces in the top of the chocolate ball (immediately after dipping it in chocolate, while it’s still wet). Then allow them to sit to let the chocolate harden.

Cookie dough bites dipped in chocolate, with pretzel pieces stuck on top.
Cookie dough bites dipped in chocolate, with pretzel pieces stuck on top.
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Step 7

Use a small amount of melted chocolate to stick 2 candy eyes and a red candy nose on each pretzel candy. Place the tray of candies in the refrigerator to let set completely before serving. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature. 

Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites on a baking sheet, covered in chocolate with pretzel pieces for antlers and mini M&Ms as eyes and nose.
Reindeer Cookie Dough Bites on a baking sheet, covered in chocolate with pretzel pieces for antlers and mini M&Ms as eyes and nose.
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Reindeer Cookie Dough Balls covered in chocolate with pretzel pieces for antlers and mini M&Ms as eyes and nose.
Reindeer Cookie Dough Balls covered in chocolate with pretzel pieces for antlers and mini M&Ms as eyes and nose.
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