Decorated Reindeer Cookies + A Free Printable!

* If you follow me on social media, you know that all of November I will be posting cookie recipes in a series called, 30 Days of Cookies. That’s 30 recipes to develop, make, photograph, edit, and write in 30 days. For a roundup of all posts, you can visit the 30 Days of Cookies Archive page. Today is Day 30 of 30 with these Decorated Reindeer Cookies + A Free Printable! Follow along on Instagram for behind the scenes cookie-making-madness and be sure to link up your own cookie recipes, using the hashtag #30daysofcookies.

Yesterday I posted a few tips to the perfect cut out sugar cookies, so today I’m sharing a fun little way to decorate them. Besides having to make a million cookies, one of the hardest things of 30 Days of Cookies was not posting printables. I had intended to share a few along the way, but after being drowned in cookies, I decided to hold off posting them until afterwards. I wanted the last day of 30 Days of Cookies to be a holiday themed idea to carry us into December, so today I’m sharing this printable that instantly turns your circle sugar cookies into reindeers. A fun activity for kids, or for twenty two year olds like me who just like to do kid things.

Reindeer Sugar Cookie Printable ||  A Christmas Cookie Decorating Idea

The printable reindeer antlers comes with two on a sheet, but you can print off as many copies as you need. After cutting them out, use them as little placemats to instantly turn a boring circle sugar cookie into a holiday creation. If you want to reuse the placemats or do not want to place the cookies directly on the paper, feel free to laminate each square. You can also cut out a circle of wax paper and place it under each cookie to avoid direct contact with the printed ink on the paper.

Reindeer Sugar Cookie Printable |  A Christmas Cookie Decorating Idea from Design Eat Repeat

After frosting the cookies with royal icing, you simply top them with edible eyeballs and a red chocolate nose to create the face of the reindeer. But the reindeer doesn’t come alive until you pop it on top of the reindeer printable. It’s not until then that the cookie magically turns into our red-nosed little friend, Rudolph.

Reindeer Sugar Cookie Printable |  A Christmas Cookie Decorating Idea by Design Eat Repeat

Like I mentioned above, these Christmas cookie decorating ideas would make a fun & easy activity for kids. Once the cookies are made & frosted, the real fun comes in when it’s time to decorate. There’s no fancy decorating abilities needed, and you can pick up the toppings (links below) for a couple bucks over at Layer Cake Shop.

Reindeer Sugar Cookie Printable |  A Fun Christmas Cookie Decorating Idea

It’s like a cookie version of pin the face on the reindeer. I was tempted to do a cyclops reindeer, but refrained after deciding to keep the weirdness to myself.

Make Reindeer Sugar Cookies with this fun Printable |  A Christmas Cookie Decorating Idea

What You Need:
Reindeer Printable  //  Icing Eyeballs // Red Chocolate Sixlets for Noses

Reindeer Sugar Cookie Printable |  A Christmas Cookie Decorating Idea

Royal Icing
Serves: 2-2/12 cups
  • ½ cup egg whites (I use liquid egg whites so that I don't waste the yolks from real eggs)
  • 1¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  1. In a mixing bowl (using the whisk attachment) beat egg whites on high speed for 2-3 minutes or until stiff. While the mixer is still on, slowly add the powdered sugar and beat for another 20 seconds. Add almond extract.
  2. Pipe over cooled sugar cookies or store in airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  3. Decorate the cookies to your likings! The materials for these reindeer cookies are posted above.
Get my favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe here.

And that’s a wrap! I’m a little surprised I managed to blog 30 days in a row. It was a ton of work, but it was a good challenge & I’m happy with all the recipes I managed to come up with. After close to 700 cookies, 4 recipe fails, and who-knows-how-much-butter, 30 Days of Cookies is officially over! If you ever need a month to go by super fast, this is the way to do it. If anyone made a recipe that was posted throughout the series, please let me know how you liked them. I hope whoever followed along on this series got a little bit of recipe inspiration from it. (Maybe I’ll do it again next year if I’m feeling crazy.) I’ll be doing a roundup of all the recipes in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that.

  1. Alyssa says

    Hi! We made this icing tonight with your perfect sugar cookie recipe (delicious!). Though, it seems like the royal icing is super thin, and while I admit to being a bit impatient, it doesn’t seem to be hardening at all. Is this supposed to be a softer icing? Perhaps I did something wrong?

    • says

      Hi Alyssa! This icing is thinner than most butter-based frostings, giving it that smooth look. If you think yours turned out super thin, try adding more powdered sugar to it. It’s meant to be a softer icing, so it’s not going to create a (for lack of better word) “crusty frosting.” Hope this helps!

    • says

      I always refrigerate or freeze them just to be safe! The icing is a softer consistency, so chilling also helps it harden a bit.

  2. Misty J. says

    I made these today for Halloween for my boys to decorate and they turned out awesome! What a great recipe. Will be using it again for Christmas.

  3. Marci says

    I would like to make your sugar cookie recipe in heart shapes for a wedding and would like to frost and decorate with the bride and grooms initials. Don’t want a frosting that is soft and will smudge. It will have to be hard enough to stack and not get messed up. What do you suggest?
    Thanks for your help!!

    • says

      Hi Marci! I don’t work with royal icing often, but this recipe may be more along the lines of what you need. (I’ve never used that particular recipe, but if you search things like, “Hard Royal Icing” you can usually tell by the reviews if it will harden as much as you need.) Hope that helps!