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How to Make an Adorable Reindeer Cookie Cake in Minutes

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This reindeer cookie cake is so easy and simple! It’s perfect for a kids’ party or desert (that the adults can enjoy, too!)

Reindeer Cookie Cake

How fun is this adorable reindeer dessert? This is so easy to put together and only needs a handful of supplies! For slightly older kids, it’s also doubles as a fun edible craft that they can make themselves and take one more thing off of our busy mama plates! (Sign me up for this immediately.) πŸ˜‰

Here’s all you need!

Ingredients:

  • Pre-Made Cookie Dough or Blank Cookie Cake
  • White Frosting (either storebought or homemade)
  • M & M’s – 7 brown and 1 red
  • Pretzels for reindeer ears
  • Edible googly eyes (usually right by the frosting in the baking aisle at the grocery store!)
  • Festive Sprinkles

Substitutions:

This reindeer cookie cake can also be done with brownies, cheesecake, or cake as well! If you’d prefer not to do your own frosting, just slice a pre-made cake and add the embellishments. Both chocolate and vanilla cake would work for the reindeer! (I picture them as either brown or white!) πŸ™‚

You could also do smaller versions for the kids to decorate their own reindeer, such as on donuts or single cookies.

Leanna holding adorable reindeer cookie cake

Directions:

  1. If using cookie dough, take small sections of cookie dough and push down in round baking pan. I used my favorite Wilton pan! The sections should be touching to ensure the entire pan is covered.
  2. Follow baking directions on preferred cookie dough for over temperature and bake time. (Skip this step if you are using a pre-made cookie cake or other option.)
  3. Once cooled, cut into 8 pieces. Transfer to serving platter if desired.
  4. Add frosting to outer rim of cookie cake. I use a piping bag with a star tip to make small rosettes. You can also use Whipped Cream if you add it directly before serving (It will only hold its shape for an hour or so.)
  5. Add festive sprinkles to frosting perimeter.
  6. Place two pretzels for each reindeer section.
  7. Using frosting to adhere googly eyes and M & M’s.
  8. Use one red M & M for Rudolph section.

Parenting Tip: Have extra red M & M’s on-hand if each child would prefer to have a Rudolph piece!

Reindeer cookie cake with one red Rudolph nose

You could also use chocolate covered pretzels for the antlers on your reindeer cookie cake!

You Can Watch a Quick Video Tutorial Here!

Perfect Presentation Platters

You can definitely serve this reindeer cookie cake right off the cookie sheet for a more casual look or use a serving platter if you’d like to fancy it up a bit. (Just be sure to check the sizes.)

Stone and Marble Trays: I love this marble and gold serving tray, this agate stone tray, this large MacKenzie-Childs party tray, or this Christmas platter for a smaller serving.

Wooden Paddle Boards: You could also do a classic wooden round serving platter, like this striped option from Kirklands, this classic light wooden version, or this choice from Williams-Sonoma.

Cake Stands: This dessert would also be adorable on a cake stand, such as this wooden one, this wood and metal option, or this marble and wood piece.

Can I Make This Ahead of Time?

Yes! The cookie dough can be made several days in advance, just cover with Saran Wrap so it stays fresh. Depending on the frosting consistency, it may not hold for that long, so I’d suggest waiting until you are ready to serve to do the outer rim. (Usually, thicker frosting keeps its shape better than a thinner consistency.)

Cookie cake with reindeer decorations

How Should I Store Leftovers?

This reindeer cookie cake should last for several days! If your frosting doesn’t need to be refrigerated, you could store at room temp. I prefer to store mine in Tupper Ware so it stays fresher, but you could also cover with foil or Saran Wrap.

Enjoy!

Making fun memories for kids doesn’t have to be overly stressful, messy, expensive, or time-consuming. I hope this little dessert idea can create some fun memories in your house! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Adorable Reindeer Cookie Cake

This reindeer cookie cake is so easy and simple! It’s perfect for a kids’ party or desert (that the adults can enjoy, too!)

  • Author: Leanna
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • Pre-Made Cookie Dough or Blank Cookie Cake
  • White Frosting (either storebought or homemade)
  • M & M’s – 7 brown and 1 red
  • Pretzels for reindeer ears
  • Edible googly eyes
  • Festive Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. If using cookie dough, take small sections of cookie dough and push down in round baking pan. The sections should be touching to ensure the entire pan is covered.
  2. Follow baking directions on preferred cookie dough for over temperature and bake time.
  3. Once cooled, cut into 8 pieces. Transfer to serving platter if desired.
  4. Add frosting to outer rim of cookie cake. I use a piping bag with a star tip to make small rosettes. You can also use Whipped Cream if you add it directly before serving (It will only hold its shape for an hour or so.)
  5. Add festive sprinkles to frosting perimeter.
  6. Place two pretzels for each reindeer section.
  7. Using frosting to adhere googly eyes and M & M’s.
  8. Use one red M & M for Rudolph piece

Parenting Tip: Have extra red M & M’s on-hand if each child would prefer to have a Rudolph piece!

Notes

Substitutions: This reindeer cookie cake can also be done with brownies, cheesecake, or cake as well! If you’d prefer not to do your own frosting, just slice a pre-made cake and add the embellishments. Both chocolate and vanilla cake would work for the reindeer! (I picture them as either brown or white!) πŸ™‚

You could also do smaller versions for the kids to decorate their own reindeer, such as on donuts or single cookies.

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